Battery failure is pretty common. If your car has been left unused and the engine has not been turned over for a while because of the current lockdown, this can result in a flat battery. Research shows that 42% of motorists don’t know what to do if this happens so maybe this is a good time to learn!
The battery normally maintains it’s charge through the alternator, but this only kicks in when the car is being driven. To prevent your battery going flat, if it is not currently being driven, it is recommended that you use a battery charger every two weeks to keep the charge topped up.
It is not sufficient to run your engine for 5 minutes a day to maintain it well, in fact this may make the situation worse as it takes a large amount of the battery power to just start the engine. It can take at least 30 minutes of driving to charge the battery, depending on the vehicle and the battery age, but due to the current restrictions this would not be advised as it’s classed as non-essential travel. If car travel is essential and you are worried about your battery we offer a free battery health check.
If your battery is completely dead, you can try to revive it by using a set of jump leads. You’ll need a second car to do this and remember that you need to have minimum contact with others so ideally you’d use another car within your household. If that’s not possible and you need to ask someone else, then make sure you always keep a safe distance and only go to these lengths if it’s absolutely essential.
Your second option is to use a dedicated jump starter, to provide the essential spark. Batteries can be dangerous bits of kit so you must take care and be safe so before you do anything read our guide on how to jump-start a car. It shows you how to use jump leads safely, protecting you and your vehicle from the dangers of a short circuit and a potential electric shock. It’s crucial because incorrectly jump-starting modern cars with complex electrical systems can cause irreparable damage to your electronic control unit.
Your third option is a car battery charger that will slowly and safely bring it back to life.
If you’re concerned about the condition of your car battery, you can buy a car battery tester to monitor its health and when your car battery needs changing, our car battery buyer’s guide is a great place to start. It’s packed full of useful information and advice that will help you select the right replacement.
You may need a new battery, simple put your car registration in our battery finder and our unique database matches the right product to your vehicle. Select the right product for you, enter your postcode to find your nearest fitting store and book a fitting from £15. Or the Halfords Mobile Expert team can come to your home and undertake the work with our no face to face contact battery fitting service, visit https://www.halfordsmobileexpert.co.uk/ for more information on coverage.
There is a great deal of legislation around the disposal of old battery, so rest assured we will take your old battery away and recycle it for free with an approved waste disposal company.
At Halfords we are here to help keep you moving on your essential trips so if you are unsure about the safety of your car, book a 10 point car check online for £15, free to all NHS & HSE workers. We are operating new safety procedures in store to ensure customers and colleagues stay safe while we stay open.