You know that your car battery can die, and if you’re smart, you carry jumper cables in your car in case that happens. But do you know exactly how a car battery works? The car battery provides the jolt of electricity needed to power your car’s electrical system. It uses energy created by the alternator to start your engine and power your secondary electrical system, which includes features such as your lights, radio, and power windows. Taking care of your car battery, starter, alternator, and other electrical components is essential, as your car can stop functioning entirely when this is neglected.
Signs of a failing electrical system include:
- Dim or flickering lights
- Service engine light illuminated
- Odd noises, such as growling or grinding
- Power seats or windows move slowly or stop working
- Engine stalls
- Dead battery