Dealing With A Dead Car Battery? Here's What You Need To Do

Are you dealing with a dead car battery but are unsure of what actions you need to take next? We have all been there at least once in our life, and fortunately, there is an easy fix for it and plenty of roadside assistance services you can opt for.

In this blog, we have explained the courses of action you should take when dealing with a dead battery.

How Do You Confirm That Your Car Battery Has Died?

Before we move on to what you need to do if your car battery has drained, it is important that you ensure you are not misdiagnosing the situation. Here are some things you can do to understand what has happened to your car:

  • If the car made a sluggish sound after ignition and then died, it is probably a dead battery
  • If the car is not turning on at all, you are most likely dealing with a dead battery
  • If the car keeps making an ignition noise but does not start up, the battery is probably fine, but there is some other issue
  • If you see fumes or smoke rising from the front of the car, there might be an issue with the engine or the radiator

In addition to this, before jumping to the conclusion that something is wrong with your car, make sure your fuel tank is not empty.

What Causes A Dead Battery?

If you are still not sure whether your car’s battery is dead or not, here are a few factors that might cause the battery to drain overnight or over the course of few hours,

  • Lights left turned on for more than a few hours when the car was not running – this includes headlights, interior lights, flashers, and more
  • The radio was running when the car was not
  • The air conditioner was running when the car was not
  • The car was in idle mode (or storage) for months and was not turned on during this time
  • The battery has not been changed or maintained for years
  • You did not warm up your car in cold weather before driving it, and the cold weather froze your car battery

If your car has been through any of the situations above, it most likely has a dead car battery.

Here’s What You Need To Do

Facing a dead car battery, especially when out on the road, can be extremely stressful and frustrating. Nevertheless, there is an easy fix for this. All you have to do is jump-start your car with another battery.

To Jump-start a car, you need another vehicle and some jumper cables. Although the process is pretty straightforward, if you have not done it before, we advise you not to do it now. There can be a leak or crack in your battery, and jump-starting a damaged battery can be hazardous.

If you are not home or are not in a familiar neighborhood, the first thing you should do is look around and see if you can find any help. But if you are not comfortable asking strangers for help, the easiest and safest way to go about this situation is by calling for professional help.

Roadside assistance companies can help you get out of this frustrating situation within minutes. Moreover, they can also provide diagnostic services to help you understand what drained your battery and whether you need to replace it or not.

Note that if you don’t want to spend money on recharging your car battery before you call for professional help, call your insurance company and find out whether your insurance package pays for roadside assistance or not.

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