It’s terrible getting stuck late at night with a dead battery. It happens all the time but many times it can be avoided. People sometimes forget that even though a car battery is larger that your average battery they can get drained fairly easily. To find our if your car battery is bad or just needs to be jumped of re-charged check out this website.
Jumper cables are pretty good to have around. Basically they are red and black, red representing the positive side and black representing the negative side. Jumper cables come in handy but they need to be used properly in order to be effective.
Jumper cables can be used to get a car started that has a dead or nearly dead battery. Sometimes people don’t know that their battery needs a jump because they see that the radio comes on and they can even work their power windows but the the battery does not have to be totally dead to need a jump start.
Most cars require a large amount of current to get the engine started. I’m just going by what I read on batteries that I have bought i the past but from what I see smaller cars need about 600 amps to get started and 900 to 1000 for full size pick up trucks and SUV’s. When a battery is low but doesn’t have quite enough amperage to turn the engine over you may hear a series of rapid (or slow) clicks when you turn the key. It’s a sure sign that the battery is drained but not fully dead.
A dead battery used to be a lot more common than now. One reason is that newer vehicle has a very load (and annoying) alarm to let you know if you leave the headlights on after the car is stopped and the keys are removed. Another reason is that batteries are generally made out of higher quality material now then they used to be made of so they are more reliable.
Sometimes the cold weather can affect the performance of the battery. Well, maybe it’s not the battery and just the fact that a colder engine requires harder cranking to get turned over. One time I went out to turn on my car in the morning only to hear the dreaded click click click. I went back inside to do some work on the computer and called triple A to send a tow truck out to give me a jump start. I went out to wait for the towing company to show up and since I was out there I decided to give the car a try. Low and behold the car started. The great thing was that the AAA driver showed up just a few minutes after that. He tested my battery and determined that it was bad, he had a new AAA battery with him and installed it right then and there. Awesome battery so far 4 years and still going strong.