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June 10, 2022

Find Out Here Why Your Battery Drains Quickly

A car battery dying once may not be a big deal considering that batteries can lose power for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, drivers would just shrug off a dead battery, thinking that went wrong won’t happen again.

But what if your car battery keeps dying over and over again? That shows there’s an underlying issue that should be resolved quickly.

To help you trace your car battery woes, Veteran Car Donations has compiled the six most common reasons why batteries drain quickly.

  1. Leaving the headlights on

Your lights are the first things you need to check if your battery keeps on draining. Whether you forgot to turn your headlights off after coming home from a tiring day at work, or you were rushing to get inside your house because of the heavy rain, this is a normal occurrence.

If this is the case, simply jump-starting your battery may do the trick. However, if the problem recurs even if you’ve been switching your lights off, you’re likely dealing with other complications. 

  1. Corroded or loose battery cables

No matter how well your entire charging system works, it will fail once the physical point of connection is compromised. Terminals become loose or corroded over time, leaving your battery unable to transmit its power properly as before. This makes it much harder for you to start your car. You might even find yourself stalling out while driving.

  1. Extreme weather conditions

Scorching summer and freezing winter days are known to cause poor car battery life. If your battery is already a few years old, intense heat or cold could affect its performance, or worse, cause it to die completely. Charging your battery in these environments may also take a long time, particularly if you normally drive short distances.

  1. Bad alternator

Your alternator not only powers many components of your car’s electrical system but also recharges your battery. When its diode becomes defective, expect to encounter problems with your battery. When your alternator continues to provide insufficient charge, your battery will die over and over again. 

  1. Parasitic drain

It’s not uncommon for cars to experience parasitic drain at times. Such instances are normally caused when you provide power to things like your clock, alarms, and audio system while your engine is off. However, an excessive parasitic drain can be a major problem as it can leave your battery empty by morning.

  1. Old battery

As your battery ages, its performance wanes. Depending on where you live and how often you drive, your car battery could last up to five years. Frequent short trips, extreme temperatures, and general day-to-day use could shorten the battery’s lifespan and lead to constant draining. Ideally, you should replace your battery every three to four years.


Has Your Car Become a Money Pit?

Having car battery problems is one thing, but an old car experiencing numerous engine and other issues is another. If your car has become a money pit for its never-ending series of costly repairs, perhaps it’s time to dispose of it.

Hand it over to us at Veteran Car Donations, and we’ll give it a new and worthy purpose — that of improving the lives of the struggling veterans and their families in your area. These are our former service members who are homeless, unemployed, disabled, and sick, including those with mental health conditions.

We’ll auction off your vehicle, and use the proceeds to help fund the vital life improvement programs of reputable veteran nonprofit organizations that we are in partnership with.

These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits are fully committed to serving our nation’s disadvantaged and underserved veterans. They provide their beneficiaries with free quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.

As a donor, you get to enjoy valuable perks, one of which is getting entitled to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. You also don’t need to pay for our pickup and towing service. We offer them for free to our donors in all parts of the United States.

Above all, you’ll have the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction of doing something extraordinary that can help uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes.

We take almost all types of vehicles, regardless of their age or condition. Apart from standard cars, we accept RVs, motorcycles, mopeds, boats, jet skis, golf carts, snowmobiles, company trucks, and many others. They don’t even have to be in good condition.

For more information on our vehicle donation program, including our quick and convenient donation process, visit our FAQs page. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, feel free to call us at 877-594-5822 or write to us here.


Extend a Hand to Our Hurting Heroes Today!

Ready to help give our nation’s heroes the decent and fulfilling lives they deserve? Donate your unwanted vehicle to Veteran Car Donations today. Call us at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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