Here is a controversial statement: If you are regular with your car servicing & battery checks and treat your ride like the automotive marvel she is, there should be no problems.
Sensing a 'but' butting in there, though?
You might be wrong to start doubting your car's loyalties if you have been disloyal to her need for a thorough service. Take your car's battery, for instance; dry & wet cells will falter in colder temperatures. It will give you a tough engine start come mornings, and it will undoubtedly flat line, eventually requiring another car's assistance to be resuscitated.
Enough ranting. Eastern Shore Certified Cars bring you the hard & fast facts of your infidelity towards your car that led to the battery issues unfolding below!
Long Self, Gas-Pedal Start
It's been established that Bay Minette is pretty chilly this time of the year, so your car might start with a couple of selfs & slow chugging. However, if those selfs are getting longer & longer, with a need for much gas pedaling, you might stop before you flood the engine, cause it to backfire on starting, or even burn the starter motor. Folks, stop that. Call for a neighbor to help jumpstart your car and be on your way to an auto shop or dealership.
Haywire Dashboard Electronics
Provided you did get the vehicle started, you better test your electronics. The power windows & windshield wipers are the first to gauge how hungover your car is, but that could also indicate a faulty alternator that is not charging the battery as nature intended. Try not to turn your car off and avoid speeding lest any other underlying issues cause the car to stall on the road. Just cruise over to the nearest mechanic for a car system check.
Bulging Battery Case
Do you see those fancy-shaped lights on the dashboard? Yes, they are how your car tells you that you have been ignoring her warnings, yet again, regarding her service schedules, her oil change, her raging fever, and the weak battery. If you pop the car's hood, you will be greeted with an overtly bloated battery, courtesy of an overheating engine that even the winter could not stem. The heat damages the battery casing, affecting the battery's ability to function. Get it replaced, please!
Smells Like Team Sulfur
Some people just allow their batteries to drain out then charge them up at home using rudimentary means. That's the same as getting cement injected in your face instead of a professional Botox treatment. Over continued recharges the unconventional way, your car's battery will develop sulfur inside, which will coat the terminals & reduce the charge capacity & conductivity. If you pop the hood, you will smell the sulfur!
For the sake of your car, please replace the damaged battery and invest in a new one. It will be much lenient on your car's demanded optimal performance.
Eastern Shore Certified Cars, serving Bay Minette, AL, implores you to remain loyal to your car's service schedules much like you would respect your dental appointment. We're good at remediating & certifying used cars for extended service, but you really need to set your priorities in order!
Schedule a battery service today, and make your car's suffering go away!