Headlights Left On
One of the main reasons for a depleted car battery is leaving your headlights on. While modern vehicles often have automatic shutoff features, older models may not. Make sure to turn off your headlights when leaving your car to avoid draining the battery.
Loose or Corroded Battery Connections
Over time, battery terminals can become loose or corroded, leading to poor electrical connections and preventing the battery from charging properly. Regularly cleaning your car's battery terminals can help prevent this issue. If you're uncertain how to do this, visit your nearest Kunes Service Center, and our expert technicians will gladly assist you.
A parasitic draw occurs when electrical devices or systems continue to use power from the battery even when the vehicle is off. Things like interior lights, door lights, or faulty relays can contribute to this issue. Prevent parasitic draws by ensuring all lights are off and that your trunk, glove box, and doors are securely closed and latched before leaving your car.
Both sweltering summer heat and freezing winter weather can create issues for your car's battery. Newer batteries are typically more resistant to extreme temperatures, but older batteries may struggle. If you notice your battery having difficulty in harsh conditions, schedule a battery check at your local Kunes Service Center.
Frequent Short Drives
Frequent short drives can take a toll on your car battery, as the alternator may not have enough time to recharge the battery between stops. Over time, this can reduce your car battery's lifespan. Try to combine errands or plan longer trips to give your battery a chance to recharge properly.
Battery Not Charging While Driving
Your car relies on the battery to start the engine and the alternator to keep the battery charged while driving. If your alternator isn't functioning properly, it can't effectively charge your battery, making it difficult to start your car even after driving. In this case, bring your car to the nearest Kunes Service Center for a diagnostics check to determine the issue.
All batteries have a limited lifespan, which can be shortened by factors like extreme temperatures and frequent short trips. If your car battery dies quickly, even after a jumpstart, it might be time for a replacement.
To keep your battery in good shape, get a battery test at Kunes Chevrolet GMC of Lake Geneva's Service Center. We'll inform you of your battery's health and its remaining lifespan. If it's time for a new battery, we'll install a dependable replacement battery for you.
Stay charged and ready to go with these tips and the help of our professional technicians at Kunes Chevrolet GMC of Lake Geneva's Service Center!