One of the most important aspects of maintaining the health and performance of your Ford is being careful about how you maintain the battery. There are five elements that will drain your battery faster than your regular use of the car. Be mindful of these aspects to improve the performance and longevity of your Ford.
Make sure that your charging station is working properly. If it isn’t, your car battery will drain much faster, even when you’re driving the car. A professional mechanic will be able to examine and assess if there are any issues with your charging station. The systems inside your car, including the radio and lights are powered by the alternator. This could exacerbate a draining issue if your charging system isn’t working properly.
A parasitic drain gets its name from draining your battery even when the car is turned off. This is usually caused by an electrical problem. Although the battery does power certain car functions all the time, like the clock and radio presets, it shouldn’t deplete your car battery at a faster rate, unless there is an electrical problem.
A bad diode in your car’s alternator will drain your battery. The alternator recharges the battery and having a bad diode will continually charge the circuit, even when the car is off. This results in not being able to start the car.
Sometimes, human error plays a role in draining your car’s battery. One of the easiest and probably most common mistakes that we make as car owners is leaving the lights on when we park and walk away. Another cause is when we sometimes have a full trunk and think that we’ve closed it completely when instead, we’ve left it slightly ajar. Both mistakes will drain the battery, but fortunately, many new cars have sensors or other noises that sound to alert us that there are lights still on.
How old is the battery in your car? If its more than four to five years old, then it’s most likely time to replace it. Old batteries will cause inconsistent starts and electrical problems.
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