In the event of car battery failure, you can try to give it a boost. If that doesn’t work, contact a professional mechanic for a full inspection or, if necessary, a replacement. This is just one of many general repairs the experts at Hansma Automotive conduct on a daily basis - contact us now to help with car battery failure!
Car Battery Failure? Here's What To Do Next!
Give your car a boost
Take out your jumper cables. It’s a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in your trunk for moments like these.
Place both vehicles in Park or Neutral and shut off the ignition in both cars. Engage both parking brakes as well.
Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your car battery. It has “POS” or “+” on it, or it’s bigger than the negative terminal.
Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other car.
Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery.
Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near the battery. Use one of the metal struts that holds the hood open.
Start the working vehicle and let the engine run for a few minutes.
Try to start your vehicle. If it won’t start, make sure that the cables are properly connected and have the other vehicle run for five minutes. Then, try to start your car again.
Watch this video for a firsthand look at the process:
Try these car battery failure hacks
Liveabout.com offers some very interesting and effective techniques in the event of car battery failure. They address the fact that “a car battery is constructed of alternating plates of dissimilar metals, usually lead and lead oxide (Pb and PbO2), in an electrolyte bath, usually sulfuric acid (H2SO4) in water.”
These methods can get your battery running again, but it’s only a temporary fix. It’s recommended that you drive straight to a repair shop for a replacement.
Douse with Distilled Water: If the electrolyte level is low, adding distilled water might be enough to fully-submerge the plates and enable a bit more reaction. In turn, this might be enough to start the engine a few more times.
Epsom Salt: Found in grocery stores, home gardening centres, and drug stores. By adding this stronger acid to the electrolyte mix, you might be able to tip the chemical balance and deliver enough charge to start the engine. Dissolve 1 part MgSO4 with 3 parts warm water, then add to each cell until the plates are covered by ¼” to ½” electrolyte.
Aspirin: Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) can be used to chemically alter the electrolyte mix. Crush and dissolve 12 Aspirin tablets, 325-mg or 500-mg, in about 6 oz of warm water, and add equal amounts to each cell. Add additional water to make sure the plates are covered.
Again, these are reactionary and temporary measures. The best long term solution is to get a professional fix.
Experiencing Car Battery Failure? Trust Hansma!
Hansma Automotive has been servicing the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 1987. Our customers have come to trust us to give them the best service at the most reasonable prices. We promise to only do the repairs that you really need and to do them right. Services beyond car battery repair and replacement include:
We understand that getting your car serviced can be frustrating, as it can leave you stranded without your vehicle. To give you peace of mind, Hansma will shuttle you to and from work on the days that your is in the shop!