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Why Can’t My Car Battery Hold a Charge?

Jumpstarting your car can serve as a temporary solution, but if your battery is on its way out, it will keep dying. The same clicking and sputtering from your car battery can be annoying and having to deal with it more than several times can be infuriating. There are several reasons why your car can’t hold a charge:

  • You keep leaving your lights on or another accessory running, so that power from the battery is constantly being drawn. 
  • The battery isn’t being recharged while your car is running, which means you are dealing with an alternator problem.
  • You haven’t driven long enough after jumpstarting your vehicle, so your battery wasn’t able to recharge.
  • The battery is very old – when vehicle batteries are five years old or more, they are no longer capable of holding a charge for a long time. You’d have to replace the car battery to restore your vehicle.

 A dead battery is no fun to deal with, which is why we encourage drivers to demonstrate best practices when it comes to taking care of their car battery. To keep your battery healthy and running, you should clean your battery and remove any lingering corrosion that can mess up the battery charge. Some other tips you should follow include:

  • Get regular battery tests as a part of your routine maintenance. This way, you can anticipate when to replace your battery.
  • Keep your battery protected in extreme temperatures. During the cold winters and hot summers, your battery can drain quickly when your car is not stored correctly. 
  • Double-check that you aren’t leaving your lights on or any other accessories on that can drain your battery overnight. 
  • If you know that you aren’t using your car for an extended period, have someone turn your car on and drive it around the block. This will make sure the battery stays charged. 

If you believe you are due for a battery replacement, we welcome you to bring your vehicle to the experts at Kwik Kar Auto Repair. Please give us a call or visit soon!

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