When I was in elementary school my parents bought a Jeep Cherokee
Laredo, in white. It was my first new-car buying experience, and I
think I did pretty well all things considered. My younger brother and I
took the responsibility of testing out the rear seats in all the models
on the lot with unlocked doors. We took our jobs very seriously. Does
it have rear seats? Check. Does it have seatbelts? Check. Can I sit on
my side and still hit my brother? Check!
When that car drove us home, my brother and I took particular pride in it. It was all clean and new in the driveway and we used to take the keys off the hook inside and go turn the starter to accessory and listen to the rockin’ 1980s stock sound system – oh yeah, 4 speakers baby!
I don’t know if my parents were aware of our mini concerts until the time we left the dome light on all night. Oops.
You guessed it – the battery died. And my mom needed to get to work. Oops. The visit form the AAA guy to jump the car was exciting at any rate. But I come, finally, to my point: Batteries. They die. Mostly they die when it’s your busiest, most stressful, wearing-your-nicest-shoes day. In a vengeful turn of fate, it happened to me once when I was commuting to work. My mom probably snickered about it.
So what the heck do you do about it? Well, there are lots of things to know about batteries in general, and the people at Battery-Care.com have an excellent FAQ section with all kinds of tips and answers for you.
Here is a great example:
Q: How do I know when to replace my battery?
A:You might need to replace your battery if:
* Your starter motor is experiencing slow or interrupted turnover.
* Your instrument panel battery light indicates battery discharge for extended periods after the engine is running.
* Your battery seems to lose power quickly in cold or extended starts.
* Your headlights dim at idle.
But what if all you need is a jumpstart? Well the directions are fairly simple to follow, but it is important that you do follow them. The last thing you want to do is put the negative clamp on the positive battery terminal and so forth. Instead of you reading through all the steps, check out this super cool video from Edmunds!
by Breanne Boyle