Top 3 Things That Will Drain Your Car’s BatteryBlog Oct 19th, 2017
Why does my car’s battery keep dying?
If you’ve ever tried to turn your vehicle on and all you hear is grinding gears, you know the stress that ensues. The incident is especially stress-inducing if you aren’t sure why your vehicle isn’t starting. One common cause of a failed ignited engine is a dead battery, but what causes your vehicle’s battery to die? Read on to find out!
Reasons your car’s battery is dying
There are a variety of things that can cause your vehicle’s battery to die, and a few of them won’t lead to costly repairs, which is definitely good news. Take a look below at the three most common causes of a dead battery, and if none of these seems like the problem your battery is experiencing, feel free to contact our team here at Lally Chevrolet and we’ll do our best to diagnose the problem!
1. Human Error
It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all left our vehicle’s headlights on at one point or another. Or maybe you didn’t completely close the trunk after you grabbed your groceries. Although these are things that happen pretty commonly, they will still lead to a dead battery. That being said, a dead battery caused by human error is relatively easy to fix. You’ll simply need to have someone jump your car, and you’ll be ready to hit the road!
2. Charging Problem
Most modern vehicles utilize the alternator to power the lights and radio, but if the battery has a charging problem, the alternator can cause the battery to die faster. This can happen when you’re actively driving, and the last thing you want is to end up stranded on the side of the road while you wait for AAA or a tow truck. If you suspect your dead battery is due to a charging problem, you’ll want to visit a professional mechanic ASAP.
3. Old Battery
Old batteries don’t always hold a full charge, which obviously leads to battery failure. If your car consistently has a hard time starting, it’s very possible that your battery is just worn out. Generally speaking, you should replace your vehicle’s battery every four to five years, so if it’s been longer than that and the battery isn’t in tip-top condition anymore, you may want to consider purchasing a new battery.
If your battery keeps dying and you aren’t sure of the cause, don’t hesitate to bring it to see us at Lally Chevrolet! Simply schedule a service appointment online or give us a call at 888-801-4102!