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Why Is My Car's Battery Dead? What Is An Alternator?

Have you ever felt like you can’t have enough batteries? Whether it’s replacing those in the TV remote or just charging your phone every night, we all need power. So does your car. A car’s battery helps start the motor, but eventually all batteries lose a charge and you don’t want to get stranded when yours does.

Why Is My Car’s Battery Dead? 

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Now that it’s colder outside you definitely don’t want to find out that your car won’t start because of a dead battery. There are a few things that can affect the life of a battery or cause it to lose power all at once. Here’s a quick list:

- Lights left on
- Alternator isn’t charging
- Extreme temperatures
- Parasitic Drain (losing electricity to an unwanted part of the car)
- Dirty/corroded terminals
- Not using your car for an extended period of time

Any of these situations may require a jump start - or possibly even a new battery. Let’s look a little closer at a few more scenarios though to see what you can do so you don’t need a car battery replacement. 

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Why Is My Car’s Battery Not Charging? What Is An Alternator?
 

Have you ever wondered why you never have to charge your car’s battery even though you drive so much? There’s actually a part of your car that takes the mechanical energy of the motor and converts it into electricity that charges your battery while you drive. This is called the alternator. You can even have a battery die just by regularly driving a short enough distance that your battery doesn’t get fully charged.

An alternator problem is something a mechanic would probably have to determine, but things you can do yourself include; cleaning your battery terminals if they are corroded and making sure your lights and electronics are off when you leave your car. When it comes to testing car battery voltage or alternator repair, it’s best to let the professionals handle the job, but you can always find battery terminal cleaners in any auto parts store.

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