Have you ever been stuck in a parking lot or even in your own driveway because your car battery is out of juice? Whether you need jump assistance or a battery boost, it can be frustrating to have to wait for help to arrive, especially if you don’t have a roadside assistance plan. Here are 3 common misconceptions about battery problems.
Myth #1 – I Should Let My Battery Run Out Completely Before Charging It
Actually, letting your car battery run out completely will shorten its overall lifespan. In fact, you may not be able to bring a completely discharged battery back.
Myth #2 – I Can Use Any Battery Charger to Recharge My Battery
Some high output battery chargers give off too high of a voltage for your car battery. Don’t use a charger that is unregulated. Giving a battery a boost is best left to a professional unless you know what you are doing.
Myth #3 – If My Battery Is Low on Water, I Can Refill It from the Tap
Tap water contains minerals that can actually reduce your battery’s functionality. If you do add water to a battery on your own, make sure it has been distilled and no minerals have been added back into it.
The Best Way to Deal with Battery Problems
The best way to cope with a battery issue is to have a service plan and roadside assistance through Vehicle Service Center. That will allow you to get immediate assistance through a battery boost or via jump assistance, and it may help defray the cost of any needed repairs to keep the problem from happening again depending on the service package you select. To learn more, call one of our vehicle protection specialists at 1-800-280-6708 and get your free quote today.