Batteries, Starting & Charging FAQs
Q: How do I know if my battery is dead?
A: Actually, let’s back up a step. If your car cranks more slowly than usual, have it tested at your nearest Midas. That way, you can help prevent your car battery from dying and leaving you stranded.
Q: Can a car battery freeze?
A: Yes, while it is rare, it does happen. In most cases extreme cold (or heat) can shorten a battery’s life, but it will likely not freeze.
Q: Is there a way to know if my car battery terminals are working properly?
A: Absolutely. It’s called a “voltage drop test”, and we can perform it at your local Midas.
Q: My car won't start, but it's not the battery. What can it be?
A: When you start your car, the first sound you’ll hear is the starter. This process is also called “cranking”, dating back to brass-era cars in the late 1800s and 1900s that had to be literally cranked by hand. Just a fun fact for you. So back to your question: If you’re trying to start your car, and you don’t hear anything, the problem could be your starter, cable or a locked-up engine. If you do hear the “RaRaRa” noise, but the engine isn’t starting, it could literally be due to thousands of reasons. Come by your local Midas, and we’ll take a look.
Q: The car battery light came on, but my car seems fine. What could cause this?
A: If your car battery is holding a charge when tested, and you’ve ruled out an electrical short, your alternator is likely on the outs.
Q: My car had trouble starting on a really hot day. I thought batteries only had trouble when it was really cold?
A: Extreme heat (or cold) can shorten a car battery’s life, but as long it’s a one-time thing, you should be fine. If it starts happening more frequently, bring your car by for a quick inspection.
Q: My battery has a lot of corrosion. Does this mean I need a new battery?
A: Not to worry. Corrosion is quite common, so car batteries should be cleaned and serviced regularly.
Q: If my car didn't start and required a 'jump,' does that mean my battery needs to be replaced?
A: Not necessarily. It may not be your battery at all. It could be your alternator. But if you find yourself needing frequent battery jumps, it’s a good idea to bring your car to any Midas location for an inspection.
Q: How long does a car battery typically last?
A: Typically a car battery lasts three to five years, but it depends on the way you drive, the weather and other factors.
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