Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Is there any warning before your battery goes out

asked by on

I drove the car this morning drop my kids off at school went to the doctor stayed in the doctor 2 hours and when I come to get my car out of the way it won't start battery has been completely out wouldn't charge

My car has 64000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: It is difficult to tell when the battery is...

It is difficult to tell when the battery is failing because the charging system will maintain the charge of the battery and can pick up some of the slack when the battery does finally quit. Your best bet would be to have the battery checked regularly like at every oil change to keep up with it's condition. To prevent this in the future consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your home to service your battery and address any other issues that are present.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Do I need to use synthetic oil in my car?

You can use a regular or synthetic oil as long as your vehicle does not specify it. You can look on your oil cap and it will detail the type of oil and weight to use. Your car does not...

Q: Is it legal to have a clear yellow sticker over a headlight or fog light?

Headlight covers are legal, as long as the amount of light that gets through meets state requirements. Each state has its own requirements, so you will need to contact your state police or highway patrol to know for sure. Local...

Q: Power steering, engine, and brakes quit, but lights work

A few different faults can cause the vehicle to stall out like this. The most common would be the ignition switch, battery, fuel pump, fuel filter, or battery cable. The brakes will work without the engine on but they loose...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.