Let's say you are on your way to an important client-meeting. Your fingers crossed for you don't want to be late for the meeting. All you hope is a clear road, and a parking space in the office. You are on your way - almost half of the way covered. And then you suddenly hear your car crying aloud; even before your mind reads it, the car comes to halt. You turn the keys, again and again, but all you hear is the whopping sound of the engine, or even worst, silence. Now think. Who would you curse? The car, or will it be the service centre. Ok. I give you one more option: yourself. Puzzled?
Well, according to Germany's Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobile-Club, Europe's largest automobile club, most car breakdowns are caused due to defective batteries. Or at least the figure says that. About 40 per cent of the 2.6 million break downs listed by the ADAC were a direct result of battery problems. Now, it's not the car that will check the battery for you, right? The service centre must have done its work well, and must have asked you to replace the battery. But you left it on time. Or may be you have already exceeded the time frame that was given to you in your last servicing.
It should be understood that battery is the life of a car. Be it a Honda Civic or a Lancer you are driving, if the battery is not in its good condition little can be done to save your car from breaking down. So, the next time you plan to zip the road, the first thing you need to look is look for the battery. There are simple steps by which you can check the condition of a battery.
It makes a clicking sound:
Many a times, we forget to turn off the lights in the night. This causes battery to discharge. Mind your forgettable nature and remember to switch off the light before you put down the shutter of your garage.
Remember, every thing in this world has a certain life span. So, when you know that the battery of your car has reached the age, don't delay. Go to the nearest servicing centre and the get the batteries replaced.
Loss of Voltage:
Loss of voltage caused by short journeys is a frequent cause of flat batteries. To prevent your car battery running flat take the car on a longer journey every week. If this is not possible, a fortnightly overnight charge of the battery will do the trick.
Use of external power:
Many a times, a car may start even with its low battery, but the moment an external power is been used in the car, the car may simply refuse to start. Another indication for you to replace the battery.
Watch for the simple things. Connection is the most integral part when it comes to cars. A minor lose connection some where with the battery may end up with a disaster. Just like you going for a client-meeting, and then the car refuses to start. Keep your brains cool and check for the connection that next time some thing like that happens.
The car doesn't start at all:
A huge possibility that the battery has drain out. Change it the day you want your car to run. Faulty connection may also be the problem. Please refer the point above.