The Top 8 Things That Will Drain Your Car Battery

Schedule Battery will not hold a charge Inspection
Service Area

$79.99 - $89.99

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 232 customers who received a Battery will not hold a charge Inspection.

You're late for work and rush out to your car, only to find that it won't start. The headlights are dim and the engine simply refuses to turn over. You realize that your battery is dead. How did this happen?

A car battery is the most crucial piece of equipment to starting and driving your vehicle. It sends power from the starter motor to the sparks plugs, igniting your car’s fuel, while also giving other systems power. This includes lights, radio, air conditioning, and more. You may be able to tell when your car battery starts to die if you find it difficult to start, have flickering lights, or a weakening alarm system

Your car battery may begin to drain for 8 reasons:

1. Human Error

You’ve probably done this at least once in your life – you come home from work, tired and not really thinking, and left the headlights on, didn't completely close the trunk, or even forgot about some internal lights. Overnight the battery drains, and in the morning your car won’t start. Many new cars alert you if you’ve left your lights on, but may not have alerts for other components.

2. Parasitic Drain

Parasitic drain is due to components in your vehicle continuing to run after the key is turned off. Some parasitic drain is normal – your battery delivers enough energy to keep things, like your clock, radio presets, and security alarm operational at all times. However, if there's an electrical problem – such as faulty wiring, poor installation, and defective fuses – parasitic drain can exceed what's normal and deplete the battery.

3. Faulty Charging

If your charging system isn’t working properly, your car battery can drain even while you’re driving. Many cars power their lights, radio, and other systems from the alternator, which can make the battery drain worse if there's a charging problem. The alternator may have loose belts or worn-out tensioners that keep it from working properly.

4. Defective Alternator

A car alternator recharges the battery and powers certain electrical systems like lights, radio, air-conditioning, and automatic windows. If your alternator has a bad diode, your battery can drain. The bad alternator diode can cause the circuit to charge even when the engine is shut off, and you end up in the morning with a car that won’t start.

5. Extreme Temperature

Whether extremely hot (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) or cold (under 10 degrees Fahrenheit), temperatures can cause lead sulfate crystals to build-up. If the car is left in such conditions for too long, the sulfate buildup can damage long-term battery life. It may also take a long time for your battery to charge in these environments, especially if you only drive short distances.

6. Excessive Short Drives

Your battery may wear out before its time if you take too many short drives. The battery puts out the most power when starting the car. Shutting off your vehicle before the alternator has a chance to recharge could explain why the battery continues dying or doesn’t seem to last long.

7. Corroded or Loose Battery Cables

The charging system cannot top off your battery while driving if the battery connections have corroded. They should be checked for dirt or signs of corrosion and cleaned using cloth or a toothbrush. Loose battery cables make it difficult to start the engine too, as they cannot transfer the electrical current efficiently.

8. Old battery

If your battery is old or weak, it will not hold a full charge well. If your car consistently won't start, it’s possible that the battery is worn out. You should generally replace your car battery every 3-4 years. If old, or poorly maintained, your battery may die on a regular basis.

What to do with a battery that keeps dying:

Having a battery that won't hold a charge is frustrating, and figuring out what's causing the problem can be tricky. Assuming that the cause of the battery drain is not human error, you will need the assistance of a qualified mechanic who can diagnose your car's electrical problems and determine if it's a dead battery or something else in the electrical system.


Next Step

Schedule Battery will not hold a charge Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Battery will not hold a charge Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Battery will not hold a charge Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Battery will not hold a charge Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.8/5

Number of Reviews

232

Rating Summary
211
9
1
2
9
211
9
1
2
9

Jason

14 years of experience
130 reviews
Jason
14 years of experience
Scion tC - Battery will not hold a charge - Brooklyn, New York
Jason was really good at walking me through what problems my car had. He was through and even kept the appointment on a cold, rainy night.
Mazda CX-5 - Battery will not hold a charge Inspection - Springfield Gardens, New York
Amazing customer service and excellent knowledgeable of my vehicle. Jason is one of the best mechanics I’ve worked with.

Jonathan

34 years of experience
384 reviews
Jonathan
34 years of experience
Chrysler PT Cruiser - Battery will not hold a charge - Hudson, Florida
This mechanic was prompt, on time. He was very professional and Courteous. He went straight to work and tested, and explained everything to me about the problem I was having. And discussing with me what I need. He was very helpful and very informative and, Honest. I have not been so lucky before with other Mechanics , with other places, or even the dealership. I was very happy and pleasantly surprised. Thank you very much Mr. Jonathan Pauda. I am sure I will be calling for him to fix anything else I have, or need for my car. Thank you again for such great advice  Mrs. T. Williams.

John

26 years of experience
562 reviews
John
26 years of experience
Infiniti QX60 - Battery will not hold a charge - Pearland, Texas
John arrived a few minutes early and was thorough and informative. He took care of the issue and explained his work to me. I would highly recommend him.

Brian

22 years of experience
337 reviews
Brian
22 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Battery will not hold a charge - Jacksonville, Florida
I have to say Brian did a great job. First he came super early which was good for me. He was there to fix my son's car while I was at work. He kept me in the loop and did not take advantage of my son. The problem we thought what was wrong with the car was something else and fixed it on the spot. He did everything to get me a better price. I would give him more stars if I could. Thank you Brian for being a professional and not taken advantage of my son. I would recommend you to anyone. Stay blessed.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE