Symptoms of a dead car battery

One of the most important parts of a car is its batteries, but what’s most unfortunate is the fact that people rarely ever look after their car’s batteries. If anything, this particular part of an automobile gets ignored till it starts malfunctioning. What people fail to understand is that unless their cars are powered by a battery, there is no way they will be able to drive them around. It is for this reason that anyone who owns a car should have detailed knowledge about the signs of a dead car battery.

In the most perfect of conditions, it is believed that the average lifespan of an auto battery is around five years. However, the fact of the matter is that automobile batteries are put through improper maintenance and as a result, their lifespan continues to decline. As long as you know the symptoms of a dead car battery given below, there’s a good chance that you will be able to resolve your car battery-related issues if they come up:

1. Engine keeps on cranking and does not start

When you start your car and find that the engine isn’t starting, there’s a good chance that the culprit behind this mishap is the battery of your car. In most cases, car owners end up thinking that this is happening because of a bad starter or maybe the alternator has an issue. However, in most of the cases, it turns out that the problem is due to the car battery that has died.

As long as the engine is cranking, there is a possibility that the alternator will be able to recharge your car’s batteries. However, there’s no denying the fact that this issue is going to manifest again after a few days. So instead of wasting time, it is best for you to just go ahead and get yourself a new or used car battery – sooner or later, it is going to die, so you should just go ahead and replace it right away.

2. Car accessories don’t work

When the accessories of your automobile fail to work, there’s always the possibility that you have your battery to blame. The fact of the matter is that the battery of your car is the only single part that supports all the other accessories and parts and provides them with power for working. This particularly holds true in cases where the alternator stops working. Hence, when the different accessories of your car start dying out and don’t work probably, there’s always the chance that it’s the battery giving away. In such a case, make sure that you give your car battery a thorough check.

3. Your car starts fine but stops the next minute

This is one of those problems that continue to persist in a car battery that is about to die. This particular sign goes on to show that either the battery has a parasitic battery drain or it has lose or broken terminals that need to be fixed. In this case, it is best for you to check out the cables of your car’s battery. This is going to help you make sure that the cables are fit firmly on the points. If there’s no issue with the terminals and cables, there’s a good chance that you will have to replace the battery.

If anything, it is extremely important for you to know about the symptoms of a dead car battery when you own a car. In the long run, knowing these symptoms is going to help you stay away from many problems while driving. If you face any of the symptoms mentioned above, there’s a good chance that you will have to replace your car’s batteries soon.

Why car batteries have a shortened life

Buying a vehicle is easy, but taking care of it in the long run isn’t. If anything, it is a life-long pursuit that demands regular investments. There’s a need for you to constantly maintain your car if you really want it to keep functioning properly with the passage of time. In case you neglect it, you will just end up splurging even more money on it as repairs come at a cost.

Now when it comes to car problems, one that frustrates people the most is that of their car not starting up when they turn the key. This is, in most cases, linked to having a dead car battery at hand. The fact of the matter is that the average lifespan of a car battery is about 3 to 5 years, but this tends to depend on the circumstances under which it is used. However, there are a few things that are definitely going to shorten the life of your battery. One of the most common problems in this case is that of battery corrosion. This problem typically occurs when the car battery keeps on getting overcharged. If the problem persists, it can actually damage your battery’s connections and terminals. All that you need to do to clean your battery terminals is to use a mixture of baking soda and water.

Apart from that, there’s another issue that can reduce the lifespan of your car’s batteries. This problem arises when the charging system of your vehicle does not charge the battery properly. Now this issue with the charging system can get triggered by many different elements. This includes blown diodes, a worn-out drive belt that fails to turn the alternator fully, and even a faulty regulator.

To sum it all up, if you try to start your car but fail to do so and think that the battery might be causing issues, it is best for you to get it checked by a professional at an auto repair shop. With that, maintain your car and its batteries for a smooth drive for years to come.

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The Famous Six Types of Batteries

Batteries are an irreplaceable part of our lives since our lives orbit around electricity and electrical devices that are powered by these batteries. They are devices that comprise of one or more electrochemical cells (that generate current and power from a chemical reaction between two different substances rather than mechanical movement) with external connections to provide the generated electrical energy to the suitable electrical devices. While the purpose and motive of a battery are singular, there is a wide range of different types of batteries that are produced commercially for various applications. These batteries differ from each other in the matters of sizes, longevity, energy density, the technology they utilize for generating power, and the cost of production or purchase.

From the plethora of varying styles and functions, here are six of the most commonly used batteries: lead-acid, alkaline, NiMH, NiCd, Li-ion, and LiPo.

Lead-Acid Batteries

The lead-acid battery is the oldest type of rechargeable battery, which was invented by Gaston Plante in 1859. It is bulky and requires considerably more space than other batteries. However, the huge surge currents that the battery is able to provide indicates that, despite the low energy-to-weight and energy-to-volume ratios, the power-to-weight ratio of the lead-acid battery is relatively large. Moreover, the cost of production of a lead-acid battery is significantly lower than other batteries providing the same amount of power.

Therefore, lead-acid batteries are the most economical batteries for large power applications where the weight of the battery is of little concern.

Applications

The most common application of these batteries is in the automobile industry, where they are used for starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) purposes in cars. Lead-acid batteries are also used as large emergency power backups in computer centers, for grid energy storage, and to power sump pumps in case of power failures.

Alkaline Batteries

Alkaline batteries are one of the more common batteries that are available in different shapes and sizes for different devices. Although rechargeable versions of this battery are an invention of the recent times, the first of alkaline batteries have been present since 1899.

They are a type of primary battery dependent on the chemical reaction between zinc (Zn) and manganese (IV) oxide (MnO2) due to the difference between the electronegativities of the two substances.

These batteries have a comparatively higher energy density and longer shelf-life than its predecessors called Leclanche cells. The typical values of voltage and current supplied by a single alkaline cell are 1.5V and 700mA.

Applications

Alkaline batteries are the most common batteries in our daily lives that power a huge number of small household electronic devices. To name a few of them, they include MP3 players, CD players, digital cameras, radios, and many toys.

NiMH Batteries

The NiMH batteries are an acronym for nickel-metal hydride batteries. The positive electrode of the cell (anode) undergoes a similar reaction to the anode of a nickel cadmium battery, but the negative electrode (cathode) uses a hydrogen-absorbing alloy instead of cadmium. The capacity of a NiMH battery can be two to three times the capacity of a NiCd battery of equal size, while the energy density of NiMH batteries can be equal to that of Li-ion batteries.

This provides the NiMH battery a higher energy density than a NiCd battery but at the expense of a reduced charge/discharge cycle life.

Applications

The rechargeable NiMH batteries have replaced NiCd batteries in many applications. They are usually available in AA batteries. These batteries are used in several consumer electronics as well as in electric vehicles such as Honda EV Plus and Vectrix Scooter. Many hybrid vehicles also use them, such as Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid.

NiCd Batteries

The NiCd batteries are the short form of nickel-cadmium batteries, a type of rechargeable battery that utilizes nickel oxide hydroxide (NiOOH) and metallic cadmium as electrodes.

The wet-cell nickel cadmium batteries were invented in 1899, but these rechargeable batteries lost a significant amount of market share in the 1990s due to the popular growth of other rechargeable batteries such as Li-ion batteries and NiMH batteries.

The sizes of NiCd batteries vary significantly and are produced from portable sealed types interchangeable with carbon-zinc dry cells to large ventilated cells for standby power and motive power. The advantage that they provide is a greater charge/discharge cycle life compared to other batteries.

Applications

Sealed type NiCd cells can be used individually as well as assembled into battery packs. The small batteries are used for portable devices and toys.

Li-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are different than other batteries in how they function. While other batteries use the motion of electrons for electricity, Li-ion batteries are a type of rechargeable battery in which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge and in the reverse direction when charging. Although it is a metal, lithium ions are negatively charged, explaining why the electricity is produced by the motion of ions. These batteries use an intercalated lithium compound as one electrode material compared to the metallic lithium used in a non-rechargeable lithium battery.

Applications

Li-ion batteries are common in many home electronics that require the capacity of a rechargeable battery to function. Due to their high energy densities, tiny memory effect, and low self-discharge, they are frequently used in cellphones and laptops.

LiPo Batteries

LiPo is the acronym of lithium polymer batteries that are another type of rechargeable batteries with the lithium-ion technology. LiPo batteries come in soft packages or pouches, which make them lighter and less rigid. These cells share the same history as other Li-ion batteries and, similarly, they went under rigorous research in the 1980s. The name “lithium polymer” (LiPo) is widespread among users of radio-controlled models, for which it may indicate a single cell or a battery pack with cells connected in series or parallel.

Applications

Due to the light weight and a battery charge/discharge cycle life similar to Li-ion cell, LiPo batteries are frequently used in radio-controlled aircraft. Along with them, it is also used in many electric vehicles.

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Yes, it was worth it

faceWhen I finished my 8th grade at the one room Butcher School and started my 9th grade at University School, close to the IU campus in Bloomington, Indiana, it was a whole new ball game. Up until now, every day at school I spent the whole time in 1 room with 1 teacher. One teacher taught all the subjects. Now, I would be in one room with a teacher teaching 1 subject for about 1 hour, then I would rush around trying to find the next room to spend 1 hour with another teacher teaching a different subject. Sometimes, I was as lost as a goose. In between you had to try to work the combination on your locker to get it open. My 2 favorites were gym class and shop class. During my 4 years in high school, being a country kid going to a city school, I never felt like I ever fit in. One class we were required to take was biology. To me, this class was as boring as watching paint dry. I spent a lot of time daydreaming. I wasn’t interested in naming different parts of a plant, or collecting bugs to stick on pins and put in a cigar box. How I got though all this, I have no idea. One time we studied how to identify trees that grew in our area. For the final test, the teacher took us on a field trip in some woods on campus to identify trees. The teacher would go to a tree, and we would walk to him, one at a time, and whisper to him what kind of tree it was. We looked at a lot of trees. When it was over I was the only one that got them all right. The teacher may have thought he had finally taught me something. I didn’t tell anyone, but everything I knew about trees, I learned from my dad. This day was important for a couple of reasons. In 4 years of high school I finally got a 100% on a test, and was at the top of my class for for while. The main reason I wanted to graduate high school was, that’s what my mom wanted. In 1956, I walked across that stage in the IU Auditorium wearing that silly looking cap and gown and got my paper saying I graduated high school, the look on my mom’s face told me I had done good.Yes, it was worth it.

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This weeks email from Elder Lisonbee is awesome

“Dear Family,

Wow I do not know how to describe how amazing this week has been. To start we were able to go and had four meals we got fed every meal plus one more. It was hard to finish all but was an awesome thanksgiving. We had an amazing turn out this week we went to share with Nick he already started to invite people to listen to our message. He invited his friend named Royce and he really looked up to nick a lot. he already introduced the restoration to him and he was reading it when we walked in the door. They were so opened to learn more. He also invited this lady named Janet to come hear of the message, and she was a recovering alcoholic. We had a bible study we than referred Janet to the sisters and they went to visit her and said they had an amazing lesson with her. When Janet left we really felt like we needed to teach Nick and Royce the law of Chasity and the word of wisdom. He than right after the lesson we made a promise with nick that he would feel more of the happiness that he was already feeling if he made the sacrifice to give up smoking. Nick got rid of his cigarettes right on the spot he didn’t even want his lighter he even agreed to give up drinking. He said he would just stick to his herbal tea. He made it a goal to be ready to enter the waters of Baptism in December Nick wanted to be baptized as well. We came back the next day and nick told us it has been hard he was eating a lot of lolly pops to take his mind of smoking. He said it has been weird changing his routine. We introduced the stop smoking work shop to help he said he has quit before he is going to end his addiction.

It was a really cool experience to see the great desire Nick has to grow closer to his father in heaven every assignment we have given him he started reading. He has been such a cool example and given up so much so that he can grow closer to our father in heaven. If yall could pray for Nick to help him continue to stay away from his addiction to smoking so he can be baptized in December. It was such a cool experience to see how our Father in Heaven will guide us to his children who are ready to hear of the gospel for he has a plan for all of us. I love my father in heaven so much. I know that as we strive to grow closer to him we will find a happiness greater than we have ever had. I love you guys and pray for nick and Royce so they can overcome and be ready to enter the waters of Baptism. love you guys have an awesome week
Elder Lisonbee”

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