Double Battery, Single Power? :P

No, we aren’t taking a dig at bespectacled people, we are just talking about boring car batteries 😛


One of the worst things to face, when you own a car, is when the battery runs out unexpectedly. Not all cars have an indication when the battery is at low levels and usually, they run out before action can be taken.

So, it becomes important to get your car battery checked every time it goes for servicing right? Here’s the catch though. Most times, battery checks aren’t included in servicing and that means that your battery may give out without warning. There are a few signs that your battery is getting weaker.

  1. Problems with ignition
  2. Headlights seem dim at idle but get brighter when you rev the engine
  3. Inefficient cooling in the cabin

Massive use of the battery for air-conditioners, music systems, headlights, etc. can weaken it. Using these in the idle condition can further deteriorate the battery.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to maintain the health of your car battery:

  1. The most important thing is to actually drive the car occasionally. The alternator recharges your battery when it is being driven and this maintains battery charge.
  2. Frequent starting cycles with short run times drain the battery below the ideal charged specification. So avoid unnecessarily turning the car off.
  3. Periodically inspect the battery for shell cracks, fluid leaks, etc. Check the fluid level of the battery to ensure full fluid level.
  4. If charging a battery connected to a vehicle, be sure that the vehicle’s electrical system has protection against overvoltage or be sure that the charger will not have high-charging voltages that may damage the vehicle’s electrical system.
  5. Disconnect the connector from the negative terminal of your battery if you know the car will not be driven for two weeks or longer. This will help prevent a gradual loss of charge from powering the vehicle’s clock, and other passive electrical items.


However, the best tip for maintaining the battery is ensuring that it is regularly checked, the connections clean and free of rust and dirt and the car driven regularly. Follow these and you probably wouldn’t have any problems starting your car once again.





6 Ways To Prevent Road-side Car Breakdowns


Ever saw a driver on the road with the car hood open and a “Why me?” look and prayed that it never happens to you? Below, we look at the top reasons behind car breakdowns and what you can do to reduce the risk of it happening to you.

1. Dead or Low Battery

The biggest reason behind car breakdowns is a flat battery. Check your battery every month,  and every week in winters to reduce the risk of your car breaking down.

Common reasons why your battery could fail include:
  • Bad cell in battery results in poorly charged or dead battery
  • Battery terminals are corroded and are preventing the battery from charging
  • Older batteries, which tend to be more worn out
  • Lights, radio etc left on
  • Alternator not charging the battery

2. Flat Tire or Tire Blowout

Things to look out for:

  • Tread Wear: Check the treads on your tyres weekly.
  • Tyre pressure: Always maintain the manufacturer recommended tyre pressure as incorrect tyre pressure can lead to extra strain on the tyres and affect handling.
  • Damage to tyres: This can be caused by hitting something or running over something sharp.
  • Foreign objects: Check for nails, screws etc.

3. Electrical Faults

It’s hard to do anything by yourself if your car breaks down due to an electrical fault. So, make sure you get your car checked out when the first symptoms of a problem show up, e.g. if you start to get an intermittent fault or starting your car becomes a problem.

4. Transmission Issues

Most people fail to have their transmissions serviced and fluids changed. This causes increased stress and wear and tear on transmissions leading to premature failure and expensive repair costs. Always ensure that you get your car’s transmission checked when you send it for servicing.

5. Running Out of Fuel

You’ll be surprised to know that a number of cars breakdown on the roads because they run out of fuel. Keep an eye on your fuel gauge and if the low fuel indicator comes on, make sure you stop for a refill at a petrol pump as soon as you can.

6. Engine Overheating

There could be a number of reasons behind an engine overheating:

  • Stuck Thermostat: If your upper radiator hose isn’t warming up once your car starts, then it’s probably your thermostat. Word of Advice: Never open your radiator cap when your engine is hot or you could be severely burned.
  • Leak in the Vehicle’s cooling system: This is easy to diagnose as the radiator will be low on fluid and there will probably be a pool of coolant on the floor of your garage.
  • Faulty Water Pump: The water pump is a vital part of your cooling system since it is responsible for circulating coolant through your engine. With a faulty water pump your vehicle will not run for more than a few minutes without overheating.

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