Flat Battery – Sluggish Starting?

Flat Battery – Sluggish Starting?

Hopefully not today, but at some point in time your car battery will fail and you could be in need of a jump start or new battery.

Car batteries can fail for a number of reasons; old age, lack of maintenance, electrical system issues, alternator failure, run flat due to boot lights and such not turning off as required when parked.

It may be difficult for the lay person to determine the cause of a flat battery so the best advice we can give is to visit your local service/repair center and have your electrical system checked out.

Meanwhile if you get stranded with a flat battery hopefully you have some jumper leads or a Jump Starter Power Bank. These Power Packs will in most cases enable you to jump start your car without the need of another vehicle. We have included a couple of links to Aussie made products. Oz Charge . Instructions come with the products and are simple to follow.

Keep in mind that batteries if not treated in the proper manner can cause serious damage to yourself and your vehicle. You need to follow certain procedures when jump starting your car from another vehicle.

  1. Make sure both vehicles are parked with handbrakes on and engines off
  2. Connect the RED clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery
  3. Connect the other RED clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery
  4. Connect one BLACK clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the good battery
  5. Connect the other BLACK clamp to any grounded metal part on the car needed to be started. Make sure all jumper cables are clear of any engine moving parts (fan belts, pulleys etc).
  6. It’s not advisable to connect the BLACK (-) directly to the negative (-) battery terminal on the car which needs starting as there is a risk hydrogen gas from the battery could ignite.
  7. Start the working car, let it idle for a minute or two and increase the revs to slightly above idle.
  8. Attempt to start your car. Hopefully all goes well. Once started remove the jumper leads in this order
    1. Disconnect the BLACK (-) clamp from your car
    2. Disconnect the BLACK (-) clamp from the supporting car
    3. Disconnect the RED (+) clamp from the supporting car
    4. Disconnect the RED (+) clamp from your car
    5. Keep your engine running
    6. During this process keep well clear of moving engine parts
    7. Visit your local service centre to have everything checked out

Battery maintenance is an important service process. Any signs of fluid leakage, external acid build up, lose or damaged battery terminals, damaged battery leads, or your dash battery indicator light or gauge showing warning signs have it checked out immediately, before you get stuck on the roadside.

If you happen to be out of luck and need towing call your local breakdown service or your service repair center.

Happy motoring.