A failing battery’s symptoms were discussed in depth in the prior article. As expected, our readers and customers provided us with a wealth of feedback. The results show that many people don’t know what to look for in a dying car battery. But you shouldn’t worry about it. It’s as easy as rereading the post and passing it along to your friends. If you still have questions after reading our previous post, let us know.
But one inquiry kept coming up over and over again. The question was raised as to whether or not a car battery could die from inactivity. So, can a battery die if a car is turned off for a long time? It’s no surprise that car batteries are often overlooked during routine maintenance.
Since this is an issue, we’ve decided to write about it now.
But before we do that, let’s quickly recap the article that came before this one.
SIGNS OF A BAD BATTERY
A car’s battery is, without a doubt, one of the most important parts of the vehicle. Because of this, it needs constant care and upkeep. There are typically these warning signs that your battery is about to die or needs to be replaced:
- Dim Headlights
- Slowing Power Windows
- Slower Start
- Heavy Corrosion
- Working Dashboard Lights But Car Not Starting
Now, let’s return to our first discussion.
CAN A CAR BATTERY GO DEAD FROM SITTING/LONG-TERM PARKING?
The time spent sitting or “parking” is a key variable here. The battery will be fine if the car sits idle for 2.3 days. Similarly, it’s possible that effects after 1.2 weeks won’t last. Nonetheless, after three weeks, the battery will die. But three weeks is not a fixed period of time. An old or damaged battery has about a two-week life expectancy at best. That being the case, it’s impossible to give a specific time frame.
A vehicle’s battery may die from being parked for an extended period of time, but this time is unpredictable. The but here is that there are other factors to think about. In warmer temperatures, a battery will discharge more quickly than in colder ones. Similarly, your car’s battery will drain quickly if you keep a number of electronic gadgets plugged into it. Experts recommend not using the infotainment system or charging a phone while the car is in motion.
In a similar vein, leaving the battery connected to the terminal while the car is parked will hasten its demise. Therefore, PitStopArabia recommends completely disconnecting the battery. Increased longevity is a guaranteed side effect. Take care to properly store the battery if you decide to remove it.
TIPS FOR STORING A CAR BATTERY
It is advised that you keep your car in a safe place if you plan to leave it for longer than a month. If you want to keep it in good shape while it’s in storage, you should charge it all the way before putting it away. Once the battery has been charged, take it out. Check that the engine is completely shut off before attempting to remove the car. After removing, make sure to look for any signs of wear and tear or deterioration.
Its extreme lethality comes into play if its security is breached. To have your battery checked, call PitStopArabia or go to your preferred service center. If the battery is undamaged, put it wherever it will be most practical. A dry, well-ventilated area is ideal. Extreme heat or cold could shorten the life of the battery.
For trips lasting more than a month, check the battery’s charge with a voltmeter to avoid any unpleasant surprises when you return. The battery needs to be charged if its charge level is dropping.
TOP CAR BATTERY BRANDS IN UAE
Following this, everyone will naturally wonder, “What are the best vehicle battery brands in the UAE?” so we will compile a list of their names:
- AC Delco