Car Won’t Start? Check for Battery Drain or Alternator Problem!
It’s the time of the month you check on your car for regular maintenance, but what if your car won’t start during the coming festive season? You already rev your engine and heed some tips to avoid car battery drain during MCO, but why can’t your car start? If you are having this exact scenario, you might want to check if you are having a battery issue or an alternator problem. Besides, both the battery and alternator are components of your car’s charging system, and if one is faulty it means it affects the operation of the other.
But how would you know which of the two are having problems? You can check each one of them for signs or symptoms. Just remember to follow a few safety guidelines and precautions when handling your car battery.
Signs and symptoms of a battery drain
The battery gauge is dimmed – if you see on your car’s dashboard that the battery gauge is dimmed, it is most likely that your battery is having trouble to charge enough electricity to start your car. Have a quick test by turning on your windshield wipers, lights, or other electronic systems in your car, then, turn off all these and start your car and see if it will push through. If not, then you have a flat battery and in need of replacement.
Low whining or no sound at all – if you try to start your car and there’s a small whining sound you can hear, it is an indication that your battery is slowly draining. If you hear nothing, then you already have a dead battery which needs an immediate replacement.
Corroded battery – a corroded battery is a sign of old age, it means your battery is already wearing out and might lead to a battery drain. A battery consists of metal parts, and when these metal parts corrode, it loses its ability to hold a charge. Hence, a faulty battery.
Signs and symptoms of an alternator problem
The car battery is okay – your car battery is a clear indication if you have a faulty alternator. If your car battery works just fine after a series of check-ups, then your alternator is the problem.
Dimmed car lights – whether it is your headlight or your dashboard light, if it starts to get dim then maybe your alternator is at fault. Even though the battery starts your car lights, the alternator keeps it running because the battery relies on the charge the alternator gives.
Burnt smell – if you smell something odd like burnt wires or rubber it might be because your alternator is overheating. No second thought, immediately replace it with a newer one.
Century Battery Assist is still available!
If you are having trouble to start your car and needs a battery replacement ASAP, then, Century Battery Assist might help you! Century Battery Assist covers the following areas:
- Klang Valley
- Johor– Johor Bharu, Pontian, Kulai, Pasir Gudang, Skudai
- Pulau Pinang– Penang Island, Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, Seberang Perai
- Negeri Sembilan– Seremban, Nilai, Senawang, Sendayan
- Melaka– Melaka Town, Jasin, Bamban, Cheng, Batu Berendam, Air Keroh, Alor Gajah
- Kedah– Sg Petani, Kulim
- Perak– Ipoh town, Simpang Pulai, Taiping, Kemunting
- Kelantan– Kota Bahru town
- Sarawak – Kuching
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