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What Can Drain a Car Battery?

Getting into your vehicle in the morning on your way to work only to find that your car won't start can be stressful. You hear the click of the ignition but nothing happens...is it your car battery? If so, why has it seemed to have completely drained overnight? 

While the issue could be the battery itself, there are many connecting parts to the battery that can fail and cause your car not to start. The following reasons can be behind why your battery is suddenly drained: 

  • You made a mistake, such as you left your headlights on over night or an interior light was left on. This can definitely drain a car battery if left on overnight. 
  • The charging system can also be a culprit of a dead battery. A faulty alternator or other charging system component can prevent the proper charge from getting to the battery. 
  • Electrical problems can also cause battery issues, such as a failing fuse or faulty wires. 
  • Driving your vehicle for only short periods of time can also lead to battery drain. The power of your battery does not run your car by itself. While you drive, energy to recycled and recharged back into the battery to continue to run. If you are taking short drives, energy isn't recycled as efficiently. 
  • Extreme weather can also be a culprit for a dead battery. Excessive heat can actually cause battery fluid to evaporate, severely affecting the overall life of the battery. 
  • Your battery was old and past its normal lifetime. Batteries typically last between 3-5 years, so if it has been over that amount of time since you last replaced your car battery, it may just be that your battery needs to be replaced. 

If you're dealing with a dead battery in Elk Grove CA, bring your car into the experts here at Prestige Auto Works. Our experts have the tools to test your battery and other systems to determine the true cause of your car not starting to get you back on the road quickly. Give us a call or stop by our Elk Grove repair shop today! 

 

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