When it comes to your car, your battery and charging systems are its heart and soul. Aside from the alternator, the battery is one of the most important components in any car’s electrical system. From keeping your engine running to charging your phone, the battery plays an essential role in every vehicle. One of the last things you want to happen is to be stranded somewhere with a dead battery. On average, a car battery will last anywhere from 3-5 years, but driving habits and climate can drastically shorten the lifespan of your car battery. This is why the more you know about your car batteries and charging systems, the less likely you’ll get stuck without them. In order to help you better understand your vehicle’s battery and charging system, we’ve broken down how everything works below so that you can understand their relationship with one another.
If your car batteries and charging systems aren’t functioning the way you think they should, come see us at AutoStream Car Care Center in Baltimore, Maryland. One of our expert mechanics can take a look and make the necessary repairs to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
When a battery is properly charged, it should typically read at anywhere from 12.4-12.6 volts with enough reserve capacity to power a 25A load for between 9-15 hours. Once it has powered a load such as that for an extended amount of time, the voltage will drop below 10.5 volts and will likely be unable to start the car. While batteries vary and are rated to show how long they can power a specific load before dropping below critical voltage, it’s still a smart decision to avoid subjecting your car’s battery to regular usage such as is.
If you drain your car battery too much, it has the potential to damage its ability to hold a charge in the future. Extreme temperatures and everyday wear can also reduce the battery’s reserve capacity. Aside from making sure your car’s battery maintains an adequate charge, most car batteries and charging systems require regular maintenance and repair.
Although your vehicle’s alternator is capable of keeping the battery charged under normal circumstances, batteries can die for several reasons and will eventually do so over time.
It takes a strong battery to run your vehicle. Unsure about how much life your battery has left? Stop in to see us at AutoStream Car Care Center today. We provide car batteries and charging systems tests for all of your car battery replacement needs. Give us a call at (410) 484-3664 or stop by our location conveniently located at 7248 Cradlerock Way and we’ll have one of our certified technicians take a look.