SYMPTOMS OF A BAD BATTERY
Starting your vehicle is completely dependent on the battery, as is the operation of the vehicle it in most cases. Without an initial supply of voltage, the vehicle’s starter motor can’t turn the engine over. This is why most battery-issues are found when a driver tries to start their car. However, there are several other issues that you may encounter that indicate a serious problem with the vehicle’s electrical supply. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, seek help from your local automotive experts.
Common Warning Signs
- No Start-No Crank– When the car is prompted to turn on, and nothing happens, we call this a no start- no crank situation. The engine does not even attempt to turn over, because there is no power going to the starter motor. This is typically a sign that there is an issue with the battery’s life. However, there may be a point at which the engine can only crank at reduced speeds.
- No start-slow crank– If there is limited power, the engine may attempt to crank over but be unsuccessful. This may be a sign of a failing or weak one.
- Warning light– All modern vehicles have a warning light to let you know there are issues with the electrical power supply. If this warning light illuminated while driving, you will want to pull over and have it checked.
- Weak Entry Lights– If you notice the entry lights that turn on when your doors open are weak or do not turn on, you know that there is a power shortage somewhere. More often than not, it is a weak power source.
- Electrical issues while driving– Any electrical issues while driving may be a sign of the battery’s circuit is incomplete. If it fails, the alternator may in turn have issues while driving.
- Stalling- In worst-case situations, the power supply to the engine is cut off, and the engine stalls. You will notice issues with the electrical systems before this happens.
Testing batteries can be done in several ways. The first would be to remove it from the vehicle and take it to a local automotive parts store. Secondly, you can use a multimeter to test the volts and amperage available when cranking. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, even some car-side technicians can test and replace it if equipped. Testing doesn’t take long and can solve a wide range of problems.