Car won’t start Battery or Alternator. Kids are excited to go for a ride, everyone is ready to pack up their backpacks and ready to go for a picnic or tour on a summer vacation, and guess what happens, the car won’t start!! Why? Why isn’t it starting, what is wrong with it? What should be done?
These are the questions that will pop into the minds of all of those who were ready for the adventure. And now the person who owns the car has a new adventure before the actual adventure starts, which is the adventure of starting the car by figuring out the actual problem in it.
The first and the most probable reason that comes to the mind is that if the car is not starting up, the battery should be dead or low on charge. So why not try out the charge from the jump starter.
If you do so, you will jump start it once or twice and see what happens. If there is a little issue regarding the charging of the battery, your car will start, but if not and your car still won’t start, you need to explore a little bit in detail to find out the actual reason behind it.
In most cases, if you get into such an issue anyone would suggest you change your battery and get a new one. This may help you start your car immediately and you might get through the situation temporarily, but if there are other issues as well, you will have to face the issue again in some days.
If that happens, you may have problems with your car alternator that is not charging it properly and the battery dies again and again.
So, instead of changing the battery in your first step, you should diagnose the actual issue and then proceed with changing or replacing anything, to make sure you won’t lose your money for purchasing unnecessary parts.
You just have to make sure that you check the battery and the alternator using a small, manual multimeter. This multimeter will help you see where the actual problem lies.
To complete this test, you will need to join the two leads coming from the multimeter to the battery terminal and see if the V DC is around 13 points or 12.70 at least. This makes it sure that your battery is fully charged and is good to go. But if it goes below the minimum level the battery has issues in it.
Another thing that you will need to check is the alternator. You will have to check the current flow when the car is on and there are multiple accessories working on like the lights, wipers, etc. You will need to put the positive and negative leads on the respective battery terminals and see if the reading gets to 13.5 or higher.
This will show how well your alternator is working when there is a full load on it. If the reading goes below 13.5 there must be an issue with the alternator because of which it may not be able to charge it adequately. But if it stays within the 13.5 and above points, the alternator is good and you don’t have to worry about the alternator itself.
In addition to doing these two tests, you should consider cleaning up the connectors and the clamps to make sure the current flows without any resistance and the charging process keep on going without any delay.
All these tests make it sure that you will not have to waste your time and money to replace components without any confirmation and the issue should be explored in detail to figure out the things in a clear manner.
Even if you are not an expert mechanic or a car enthusiast, you can check the issues with the help of a small multimeter and can get things simpler and easy to understand.
After finding out if the battery has a fault in it or the alternator is not working good, you can proceed with replacing the disturbing component so that the car will be in its best form you be driven anywhere you want.