Batteries, Starters and Charging
Imagine this. You’re running late for work. You finally make it to
your car and turn the key in the ignition only to realize your battery
is dead. It’s a strong, sinking feeling. We know, we’ve been
there. You not only have to determine how you’ll get to work, but
you’re probably left wondering
how you could have a dead battery when you didn’t forget to turn off your lights or electrical system.
First things first. Before accepting that your battery is dead, double
check that it is properly secured in your vehicle, and that all cables
and terminals are clean and connected tightly. A battery may still have
life left to give if it stopped working because of a weak connection.
And if you need help with jump starting your vehicle, read our
step-by-step instructions here.
Dead or Weakened Battery Warning Signs
A common misconception about modern car batteries is that they’ll
give you plenty of warning before they give out. While it is true that
vehicles used to start slower and slower before a battery finally died,
most modern batteries have evolved to work at full capacity until they
just can’t anymore. Though it’s nice that batteries today
function longer than they used to, you have to look for smaller signs
that it may be on the fritz.
Common ways to tell that your battery is about to go out include:
- Diminished Electric Functions (Slower power windows, dimmed headlights, etc.)
- Slower Engine Crank
- Clicking Noise When Turning the Key
- Old Age
- Corroded Terminals
Other Starting Problems
It’s also important to note that if your car won’t start, the
battery may not be the only culprit. Problems starting can also be an
indicator of a bad starter or alternator.
Your starter is what actually cranks your engine. When a starter isn’t
working properly, the engine may start with difficulty, or won’t
start at all. Starter issues may stem from electrical or mechanical failure,
or from it breaking down completely.
Additionally, your alternator is responsible for two important tasks involved
in powering your vehicle. First, it recharges your battery while your
car is running, and second, it also works with your battery to operate
integral electrical components, such as headlights, windshield wipers,
and more. A damaged alternator can cause erratic electrical functions
or prevent your engine from running.
Normally if you have a bad alternator (versus a dead battery), your engine
may still start, but will die quickly and often because your alternator
is no longer maintaining a charge. If you aren’t sure what is causing
your starting problems, we can help.
How Christian Brothers Automotive Can Help
Our experienced automotive technicians are well versed in starting problems–including
batteries, starters, and alternators. As your partner in automotive care,
the best way for us to help you is to start with a comprehensive inspection
of your vehicle. Our inspection will determine your exact problem.
Once we know what we’re facing, we will offer you the best, most
cost-efficient solution. We will walk you through the repair process every
step of the way, keeping you informed of cost, parts needed, and repair
Don’t End Up Stranded, Service Your Battery, Starter, or Alternator Today!
Don’t get left stranded, relying on a Good Samaritan to help you
jump your car. If you’ve noticed your battery is on its way out,
let us get you a new, quality battery, so you can get where you need to
go reliably. Book an appointment today with your local Christian Brothers