Getting into your car to discover that it won't start up can be a hassle. You may hear that “click-click-click” noise of your ignition attempting to start your car, or hear nothing at all. The good news is - a car battery is typically an easy fix. It just depends on what the exact problem is.
If your car won’t start, one of the first things you can attempt is starting your car with jumper cables. You may need to enlist a family or friend to help you out, as you will need another vehicle. If jump starting your car works - great! That is always a good sign. However, it doesn’t mean that your car battery is good to go.
If you are successful at jump starting your car, you should drive your vehicle into your local trusted auto repair shop for a quick check. We will use a tool to check your battery and see how much life it has left. It will also help us determine if the issue was caused by the battery itself, or by a component in the starting and charging system.
Sometimes our car batteries die from leaving a light on overnight, and if your car is jump started and still has a good amount of life left, then you’ll be fine. However, sometimes our batteries can die completely, and it is in this instance that you may need a battery replacement. Our starting and charging test can tell us this and what steps to take to fix the problem overall.
If you can’t start your car using a jump start, you can either take your battery out of your vehicle and take it into our shop for a battery test or, you can have your vehicle towed into our shop. If you just bring your battery into our shop, and the test shows that your car battery is fine, your vehicle will need to be towed into our shop for further testing. This just means that the issue probably stems from the starting and charging system, not the battery.
For any questions or concerns about your car battery, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Desi Auto Care.