Battery Problems Could Mean Engine Problems
An obvious sign you are having battery problems is if you have a dead battery. A dead battery won’t allow your car to start and those with the most basic automotive understanding know their way around it. We know that a dead battery can often be recharged, or jump started, and you can be on your way in a matter of minutes. However, a dead a battery doesn’t necessarily mean you need to purchase a new one.
If your battery is dead, you’ll know it. You can tell your vehicle is receiving power by the way it responds to certain actions but it just doesn’t have enough of an electrical charge to ignite the engine. As simple as the battery may be, we know it is connected to many other components under the hood that could be affected by it.
First, you need to see how old the battery is. A lot of batteries say they will last up to five years but if you’ve had it for around 3-4 years then it may need to be replaced. Be sure to also check the battery for corrosion. It can leave stains or leaks which can damage other parts.
If neither seems to be the problem but your battery is out, try recharging it. You should be able to start it up after a couple of minutes or charging.
MYTH: Many people think that after your car’s been jump-started the battery will soon recharge itself. This is NOT the case. It can take several hours for a battery to receive its full charge again, longer in colder temperatures. Also take note that many newer cars have features that require more power and electricity which can make the recharge time take longer.
If a problem still persists you may need to take it to an automotive shop. Many shops and service stations can give it a load test to see how much of a charge it currently has. Visit the experts at 2J’s Automotive and let us look at your battery and engine and make sure everything is in working order.
We can give you a free diagnostic test ($80 value) so we can locate and isolate the problem and administer the proper services and repairs. Give us a call at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions.