Don’t end up in the dead zone, dead battery zone that is! Auto batteries provide little or no warning signs before they suddenly fail. Average battery life is 3 – 5 years, so if your battery is at least 3 years old, you should have it checked. Also, if you drive in cold temperatures, it is a good idea to have your battery checked.
Symptoms your battery may need replacement:
- Car doesn’t start
- Interior lights do not come on
S&S Tire will:
- Test the battery
- Install a new, high quality replacement, if needed
How do auto batteries die?
Auto batteries are essentially energy storage devices, which provide a current a particular voltage. A chemical reaction inside the battery creates the voltage and current the battery generates. In cold climates, expansion and contraction that occurs in the discharge and recharge cycles can cause sediment to develop within the battery and short it out. In hot climates, deterioration can result from factors such as excessive heat and vibration, or water loss. When these issues result in the battery no longer sustaining a discharge current, the battery is dead.
The standard voltage for today’s car batteries is 12 volts. The battery is considered fully charged at 12.6 volts. When the battery voltage drops, to whatever degree, it makes a major difference in performance.