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Being stranded with a dead battery is not only inconvenient, it can be dangerous! Unfortunately, car batteries provide little or no warning before they suddenly fail. The life of car batteries, on average, is 3 – 5 years, so if your battery is at least 3 years old, you should have it checked. If you drive in cold temperatures, it is probably a good idea to have your battery checked every year, before the winter months.
Signs that your battery may have died or is failing:
- Jump starts are necessary
- Car is silent or makes a clicking sound when start up is attempted
- Interior lights will not come on
Our service for car batteries includes:
- Testing of the battery
- Installation of a new battery as needed
If you need to have your car battery tested, or need a replacement, stop by and shop our selection of quality car batteries found at Bodkins Enterprises in Elkins, WV. Contact us today to set an appointment.
What makes car batteries die?
Car batteries are basically energy storage devices that relay a current at a certain voltage. The voltage and current the battery generates is caused by a chemical reaction inside the battery. In cold conditions, expansion and contraction occurs in the discharge and recharge cycles. This can cause sediment to develop within the battery and short it out. Conversely, hot conditions can lead to deterioration resulting from excessive heat and vibration, or water loss. When such issues result in the batteries no longer sustaining a discharge current, car batteries die.
Standard voltage for car batteries is 12 volts, and the battery is considered fully charged at 12.6 volts. A drop in voltage, to any degree, will impact the battery's performance.
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