Kwik Fit has claimed that millions of motorists could be stranded by battery failure this winter. Why? Because in the last year 7.1 million had a battery problem but only 4.1 million bought a replacement (that was correct in some cases). Furthermore, 44% have never had their power cell checked by a mechanic and 24% do not know how old their battery is. That is concerning, as age is one of the most common reasons batteries fail – and such problems account for a large percentage of breakdowns. The age of a battery can typically be found by searching through the vehicle's service history.
Kwik Fit Boss Discusses Flat Batteries
Roger Griggs, Kwik Fit Director of Communications, said: “A car’s battery strength is ultimately determined by the amount of work it is doing. With the ever increasing levels of in-car technology in recent years - such as air conditioning, digital stereo systems and satellite navigation – car batteries are under more strain than ever before. Weak batteries could leave drivers stranded or damage the car significantly, leaving people in either a dangerous situation or with a significantly more expensive repair charge than is necessary.” Mr Griggs added: “It is imperative drivers maintain a good healthy battery if they are to avoid becoming a roadside breakdown statistic and at Kwik Fit no appointment is necessary to come in and have your battery checked. We urge all motorists to ensure their vehicle is in the safest possible running condition at all times.”
Car Battery Problems , Symptoms And Solutions
Winter is the toughest time for a battery as the low temperatures ensure that more current is required to start the engine. There are two common types of failure. Naturally, the first is that it lacks charge whereby the typically symptoms include the engine spinning but not firing, or not spinning at all. With either scenario secondary systems may continue to function. A flat battery can be caused by to many stop/starts in a short time that prevents the alternator adequately recharging the power cell. In this situation, a jump-start followed by a longish drive should solve the problem both short and long term (assuming the battery is in good condition). Another common fault is a short-circuit that – as the motorist tries to start the engine – can sometimes be identified via a consistent ticking sound. Typically, a replacement battery is the only viable long-term fix.