Dead car battery fix: What you need to know...

Posted by on 4/13/2018

Stranded car on the side of the road

Are you looking for a dead car battery fix? Anytime you have car issues it's a major hassle. While we can't predict when car issues, in general, will happen, we can prepare for them so we can save time, money and headaches and get back on the road as quickly as possible. 

Today, we are going to talk about auto safety including how to bring back a dead car battery, what you should keep in your car at all times for a dead car battery and we'll also introduce to you an incredible automotive accessory that easily fits in the back of your vehicle that adds instant traction anytime you need it. 

Dead car battery fix: Why your battery dies...

Car batteries die for many reasons. Sometimes it's from human error and other times it's out of our control. These include:

  • Leaving the vehicle's exterior lights on 
  • Leaving the vehicle's interior lights on
  • Leaving the vehicle's radio on 
  • A generally weak battery
  • Corroded or loose battery connections
  • Extremely hot and cold temperature swings
  • Vehicles charging system (alternator) problems

While it's good to know generally why batteries fail and die. Knowing what to do after a battery dies is key to getting you back on the road.

Car broke down on the road

Dead car battery fix: What to do when your car battery dies...

There are several things you can do once your car battery dies. These include:

  • Charging or replacing the battery
  • Having the battery and the charging system in your car checked to see which one could be causing the problem.

Let's talk about each of these next. 

Dead car battery fix: Charging your car battery...

There several ways that you can charge your car battery once it dies. We recommend that you have car jumper cables and also a portable car battery charger in your car at all times. These can be a real lifesaver in case your car battery dies especially if it happens in a remote area. 

Jumper cables hooked to a car battery

When using jumper cables, you need another car battery to help "jump" your car battery. This is done in a particular sequence to make sure you are safe as well as to not damage the batteries. Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure both cars are parked and turned off. 
  2. Connect the red clip on the POSITIVE terminal or + on YOUR car battery.
  3. Connect the other red clip on the POSITIVE terminal or + on the OTHER car battery.
  4. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the OTHER battery.
  5. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on YOUR car that isn’t near the battery. 
  6. Start the OTHER car and let it run for at least 2 to 5 minutes. 
  7. Then start YOUR car. 
  8. Remove the jumper cables in the same order in reverse. 
  9. Drive YOUR car for at least 15 minutes before turning off. 

Another way to charge your battery is by using a portable car battery charger. Portable car battery charges can be a lifesaver if you ever have battery problems in a remote area where other drivers may not be around to give you a battery jump. 

They are basically a high-powered battery themselves and many are lightweight and have extra capabilities such as a built-in flashlight and USB charging ports. They will need to be monitored though to make sure they are charged when needed (otherwise you'll have 2 dead batteries on your hands). 

While they can get a little pricey (they typically range from $20 to $100), they can save a lot of time and headaches and are well worth the price. Please follow the instructions that come with the portable car battery charger when using. 

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Dead car battery fix: Check the battery and car charging system...

Directly after charging your car battery, if possible, we suggest driving your car to an auto parts store or repair shop to have the battery and charging system checked if it's not known what caused the battery to die in the first place like interior or exterior lights or the car radio being left on accidentally. In case it turns out that you need a new battery or possibly an alternator, this puts you in a good spot to have the issue corrected then and not get stuck with a dead battery again after charging it in the first place. 

Dead car battery fix: Additional car safety products...

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Lastly, if you would like to read more about jump-starting your car battery from Popular Mechanics, please click HERE.

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6 Comments

Igor
Date: 4/13/2018
Hi Curtis! Great post and the site. I like a lot Portable Tow Truck. A very useful piece of tool. Besides, I left once also without electricity and low battery in my car! Fortunately, I knew what to do, but your post is a great help for many new drivers or people didn't have yet such unpleasant experience. Very well explained in detail and showed with the pictures. I am sure many people will find your post useful. Thanks for sharing.
Curtis
Date: 4/13/2018 12:55:00 PM
Hello Igor, thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. I'm I I can answer any questions please let me know. Thanks, Curtis
Colleen
Date: 4/13/2018
I whole heartily agree that a portable battery is worth the price! We have had several cars were this was a lifesaver! I also appreciate how you have set up step by step on what to do. One question I have for you was on the last step. You say to clip on an unpainted surface, not near the battery. I understand the grounding aspect, but I am confused. Wouldn't you want it on the negative terminal in the dead battery car? I hope I am not confusing you. Thanks
Curtis
Date: 4/13/2018 2:09:00 PM
Hi Colleen, if you are using a portable car battery charger, yes, you want the black clip connected the negative side terminal of the dead battery. If you are using jumper cables to "jump" a dead car battery from another car, you want the black clip of the dead battery side to complete the ground so that is why you clip it to a non-metallic area of the car with the dead battery. I apologize if I didn't state that clearly and will update. Thank's for bringing that to my attention. Thank you, Curtis
Eliane
Date: 4/14/2018
Hi Curtis, This is such useful information! I've had dead car battery a couple of times. And it's a terrible feeling not to know what to do. Waiting for help is also stressful... So, I completely agree with you, we need to be prepared for these situations. I know my husband has car jumper cables but now I see the importance of also having a portable car battery charger. I'm going to buy asap. Thanks for the great info.
Curtis
Date: 4/14/2018 11:28:00 AM
Hi Elaine, thank you for commenting on my post. Yes, being prepared for car troubles can save a lot of time and money. Visit my BUY NOW page link below and then you can click on the car safety products to help get you back on the road safely and quickly. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Thanks again, Curtis. http://www.theportabletowtruck.com/Buy-Now_ep_55.html
Curtis
Date: 4/14/2018
Hi Elaine, thank you for commenting on my post. Yes, being prepared for car troubles can save a lot of time and money. Visit my BUY NOW page link below and then you can click on the car safety products to help get you back on the road safely and quickly. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Thanks again, Curtis. http://www.theportabletowtruck.com/Buy-Now_ep_55.html
Vesna
Date: 4/16/2018
Thank you for great tips and pieces of advice. This article reminded me of not so pleasant experience on the latest trip, a few months ago. My husband and I were going to visit my family (abroad). We had a car battery “accident” next morning. To be honest… we were to blame. A little mistake (leaving a car radio on) spoiled first days of our holiday. Luckily, a cousin of mine helped us, bringing his jumper cables and the problem was fixed. But… we learned a lesson!? Thank you again for the great blog post! Vesna
Curtis
Date: 4/16/2018 11:28:00 AM
Hi Vesna, unexpected car problems can ruin a day for sure. I'm glad you were able to get your situations fixed that day. Most people don't plan for these types of things but there are ways to lessen the burden when it happens as you have experienced and that we talked about. Thanks, Curtis
Lee Jian He Terence
Date: 6/22/2018
Thanks you for posting this information. Car battery is very important part of a car. So it needs proper security. I have had my car battery dead 2 times so I know how difficult that situation is and it is more painful when we don’t know what to do. So the steps in this article will help me in future if the situation occurs again. Now I will be able out find out solution for my car battery. Thank you again.
Curtis
Date: 6/22/2018 9:51:00 AM
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