Winter can be brutal to you and your car battery. With winter steadily approaching, millions of motorists will become stranded due to a faulty car battery. There are things every motorist can do to prevent a dead car battery from sneaking upon them and ruining their day. Let EZ Lockout & Roadside Service of San Antonio, Texas offer some great tips to keep you on the road.
Lisa, a college student, ran into car problems in late 2011 at The Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas. Upon finishing classes, Lisa arrived at her car, prepared to travel home, and upon turning her key heard an all too familiar sound of clicking. The clicking was the result of her car battery being unable to start her car and not having enough (CCA – cold cranking amps) electricity to get the engine going. Lisa, not knowing what to do, called EZ Lockout & Roadside Service to assist her. Upon inspection and a battery test, it was evident that Lisa’s three year old battery needed to be replaced. Twenty minutes later and a new car battery, Lisa was happily on her way back home. This situation leaves us with a reoccurring problem that can easily be avoided – a dead car battery.
Car batteries have more potential to fail with use over time. In today’s energy requirements of car batteries, it is normal to see a car battery last an average of about 24 months. Batteries tend to fail in either hot or cold weather temperatures or temperature changes. For example, if the weather abruptly changes from a hot day to a clod rainy day the battery has a good change of failure that increases with the age of the battery. There are things that you can do:
1. Replace your battery every four years,
2. Turn off your vehicles electrical devices if not needed,
3. Unplug items from your 12 volt accessory plug when not in use,
4. Use a car battery charger when not using your car for a few days,
5. Have your alternator and your belts checked regularly,
6. Keep a small car battery jump start pack in your car.
When should you start noticing warning signs of your car battery failing? That is not so easy to define, because sometimes your car battery can fail without any prior notice to you. A auto part shop or mechanic can check the voltage of your car battery and be able to tell you if it should be replaced. Not everyone checks the voltage of their car battery, so here are a few signs to watch for:
- Sluggish starting,
- Stalling (dying out),
- Dim interior or exterior lights,
If you find yourself with a dead car battery in San Antonio, Texas, give EZ Lockout & Roadside Service a phone call. Our friendly roadside assistance technicians will be obliged to assist you 24 hours a day with your car battery problems. We can provide you a jump start or should you need a new car battery we sell and install new car batteries on location.