Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: 2 year old battery not holding charge

asked by on

I am not driving this car much so I have a Trickle Charger/Maintainer on it about once a week to hold the charge. I've noticed this week that after a full charge, the battery within a few hours loses it's charge according to the charger and the car won't start. The interior lights and headlights come on, so I can't understand what might be causing an amp drawer to explain this condition. I would appreciate your input. Thank you.

My car has 98550 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there: In most cases a two year old bat...

Hi there:

In most cases a two year old battery should maintain a charge; however, the frequent trickle charging might be the reason why the battery is having difficulty. This process should only be done on a monthly basis for vehicles that don't run often. It's actually better to simply start the car and let it run for 10 minutes once per week. Another possible issue is that you may have an open current somewhere that is drawing battery power. The best thing to do is to have a mobile mechanic complete a battery won't hold a charge inspection to determine why you're having these issues.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Charge warning light. Ran over extension ladder on interstate.

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. I'd recommend to first see if the issue lies elsewhere before replacing the alternator, in case it doesn't need to be replaced. It sounds like the collision with the...

Q: What is the hose called on the driver hand side of the valve cover?

This is a valve cover breather hose. The purpose of this hose is to provide ventilation to the valve train. This hose allows air into the engine during high manifold vacuum situations. Have a certified mechanic help you out with...

Q: Car overheating when idling or in stop-and-go traffic

It sounds to me like the cooling fans aren't coming on. I would suggest having a certified mechanic test for power at the fans while the AC is on, and verify the fan switch, relays and wiring are all working...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...