The Car Battery is Dead Inspection
How this system works:
When the battery is dead, you need to do a battery inspection—your car battery powers most of your vehicle’s electrical systems. If there isn’t enough power from the battery, then you’ll not be able to turn the ignition or crank the engine. For a car battery to generate electricity, two substances are needed to create a chemical reaction: 1) An acidic substance (acid) reacting with 2) Lead metal inside the battery. When these two elements come together, they form a compound called “lead dioxide”, which stores energy until released by connecting wires to the positive terminal (+) and the negative terminal (-) of the battery.
When the ignition key turns the ignition switch, which causes the starter motor to turn, an electrical current flows through the wires connecting the battery to the starter motor. Once the ignition switch has been turned on, electric current flows through the main circuit breaker, then goes to the starter motor, sending it into gear. From here, the starter engages the flywheel, causing the crankshaft to turn, igniting the mixture inside the cylinder head. The battery also generates electricity to power the ignition system, start the engine, and provide electrical energy to operate accessories such as headlights and windshield wipers. None of these things can happen if you have a dead car battery because it won’t power up any connected devices. Depending on how full the battery capacity is, it could be sufficient to run some dash lights. Still, if there isn’t any juice left, then you won’t get far before needing a battery charger or battery replacement.
There are several common causes for this problem:
Dead Battery: Batteries have a limited life span. Most car batteries have a battery life of between 5 and 10 years (lead-acid battery), but some may last longer. Heavy-duty batteries usually last up to 15 years. Batteries will eventually wear out and require a replacement battery. Regular maintenance of your vehicle is the best way to keep your battery, starter, and alternator in good shape. Fixxr’s professional mobile mechanics will test these components regularly to ensure that you’re not stuck with a dead battery on the side of the road.
Car Lights Left On: With the advent of more intelligent automotive technology, this has become rarer, but it still occurs. If your car has no automatic shutoff feature, its lights will stay on even when parked for long periods of time. When this occurs, if the engine isn’t running, they will draw power directly from the battery, which can kill it.
Door not Closed Fully: Your car’s doors must always remain closed when parked outside; otherwise, the dome light will illuminate, and other interior lights might come on too. When these lights aren’t connected to an engine, they use energy stored in the battery. If there’s no engine running, they’ll quickly deplete the battery.
Dead Alternator: This means no electrical current at all. The wiring harness could cause an issue, a bad connection between components, or even corrosion inside the alternator itself. Check these things first if you’re having trouble finding out why your car won’t start! If the alternator dies, it won’t charge the battery, and all your vehicle’s power needs will come straight from the battery. Eventually, this will drain it completely, leaving you stranded.
Bad Starter: If your starter turns out bad, don’t worry; there may be nothing wrong with your battery. Your car just isn’t cranking because the faulty starter motor needs replacing. Regular maintenance helps prevent starter failures by predicting when they’re likely to occur.
Failed Main Relay: When it comes to cars, sometimes there’s nothing wrong with the battery itself; instead, something else has caused the main relay (the switch that powers the starter motor) to fail. The main relay would be your first suspect because it controls the fuel pump, which supplies power to the ignition system and the car’s computer.
What to expect:
You will be sent a certified mobile mechanic who will come out to conduct a car battery inspection on your vehicle. A top-rated Fixxr mechanic will visit your house or business and inspect everything related to your vehicle’s electrical system. This inspection will include the battery, starter, alternators, fuses, wiring harnesses, lights—providing you with a detailed inspection report that provides the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.
How it is done:
You might need just a kick start. Our certified auto technicians will then check your battery’s charge level to see if it is low enough for them to replace it. If not, they will tell you how long until they can charge it again. They will also examine the alternator, starter motor, and other essential parts to make sure they’re working correctly before allowing you to drive away.
How critical is this service?
Regularly inspect your car’s battery, starter, and alternator will help prevent it from failing prematurely. You will not be able to go anywhere if your battery is dead. If you’re stuck without power but need assistance from an expert mechanic, we’ll be happy to assist.