Avoid Battery Trouble With Simple Checks
by Becky Harrison |
posted 02 March 2021
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist says a few basic battery checks will help ensure your car engine starts when you need it.
Signs of battery trouble
If the engine won’t start, but you hear a slight noise from under the bonnet, the chances are your battery is flat.
If you hear nothing at all, it’s likely to be either a loose connection on the battery, or the battery has no charge left at all.
If your car has remote central locking (via a button on the key fob), then this won’t work if the battery is flat.
What to do about it
Check when your car battery was last replaced. Car service centres and garages are allowed to remain open during the current lockdown, so you should be able to book your car in for a battery check and replacement.
If you have a second vehicle available – and a set of good quality jump leads – then it may be possible to jump start the car. Just remember to leave the engine of both vehicles running for several minutes after you’ve successfully started your car. Also, switch off both engines before removing the jump leads.
If you plan not to drive for the foreseeable future, it may be worth considering a trickle charger you can attach to the battery. Trickle chargers work by releasing a small amount of current to match your car battery’s natural discharge rate.