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The car battery will fail due to several reasons. It may be extensive use of both exterior and interior lights, draining the battery with the use of devices, and weather. Whatever the cause, a flat battery can leave one stranded and throw him or her off the plans for the day. Get quick from EZ Towing if you are in Canoga Park.
Basic Battery Care – Popular Mechanics
Besides the above-mentioned causes, car batteries also have a finite life span. A bad electrical connection can lead to malfunctions. Also, heat, overcharge, or undercharge will also degrade your battery.
With a voltmeter or battery tester, you can check the open cell voltage. With the battery fully charged and all electrical drains-dome light, warning buzzer, etc.-off, the terminal voltage should be 12.5 to 12.6 volts. The battery may not be fully charged, but still, be able to turn over the motor if the voltage is closer to 12.0 volts.
In the event the battery shows low voltage or doesn’t take a charge, it is time to get the hydrometer out. The device measures the sulfuric acid and water contents of the electrolyte to determine its charge level. In any cell with an electrolyte level that does not touch the bottom of the fill port, add distilled water. Only use distilled water. Tap water has minerals that eventually reduce a battery’s capacity.
A low-maintenance battery may not have a filler cap. Such batteries do not require water to be added. Despite having slightly different chemistry that requires less water, and the electrolyte is deeper over the top of the plates, over time these batteries run out of water and die. Observe to see if there is a way to pull up the filler caps. Slitting open a sticker may reveal them. Some stickers are permanently sealed.
Charge systems that generate too high a voltage might be causing a low electrolyte level. When a battery is fully charged and an engine is running above idle, the maximum voltage across the battery terminals should be 14.6 volts. Excessive heat can also cause low electrolytes. Those who live in the Sun Belt should keep a check on their battery levels regularly because underhood temperatures will climb high enough to drive water out of the battery very rapidly, even if the charging system is operating properly. If your vehicle comes with an insulator around the battery, make sure it is in place and good shape.