You may be draining your car battery without realizing it

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 9:00 am
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Why does my vehicle’s battery die so often?

Imagine this: You’re leaving work, and you could not be happier about it. It has been one of those days. You cannot wait to get home, change into some sweatpants, eat a nice dinner loaded with comfort food, and sit down to watch some of your favorite shows. When you get to your car and turn the ignition—nothing. Oh no. You try again. Nothing. Your battery is dead. How does this happen? You may ask yourself, “Why does my vehicle’s battery die so often?” There may be a few reasons for that. Let’s take a look.

Reasons car batteries die frequently

  • car battery on white backgroundHuman error. This happens all the time, and no one is immune to making this classic blunder. Did you leave your map lights on while you had your car parked all day? If you leave something on inside your car while it is not running, you run the risk of draining the battery. The battery is recharging while your car is running, but not while it is shut off, so something like leaving the lights on inside will drain the battery without giving any energy back to it.
  • Is your alternator on the fritz? This is responsible for giving your battery the appropriate amount of energy while it is running. Too much or too little energy can mess everything up. This could be at the heart of the problem.
  • Are you always stopping and starting your car? Frequent starts and stops without any longer trips can take a toll on your battery, which uses most of its energy to start the car.
  • Do you live in an extreme climate? Very hot or very cold temperatures can disrupt the chemistry inside the battery and drastically shorten its life.

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These are not the only reasons for a short battery life, but they are quite common. If in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to talk to your mechanic. Stay in touch with the Elgin Volkswagen blog for more tips and tricks!

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