Due to different conditions and scenarios, we are sometimes unable to use our cars and trucks. With the COVID-19 pandemic, our movement has been minimized and many vehicles have been parked in their stopping places for a long time.
Some people were unable to get any response when they tried to start their cars and trucks after they lifted the stricter lockdown laws.
This brought up a question: can a battery go dead from sitting idle? Today, BPZ would like to address this question from the perspective of a truck battery.
The truck battery is a starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) battery. This means that its primary role is to provide the initial burst of current required to start the current.
Apart from that, it’s also responsible for providing power to the electrical and alarm systems within the truck. The battery drains due to the above factors, but when the truck is driven, the alternator recharges the battery. This recharge does not occur if the truck battery sits for a long time. Since batteries self-discharge if they are not in use, the truck battery will eventually become flat if it remains sitting.
The process can be accelerated if there is a parasitic drain of the battery. This occurs when one of the electrical components like the interior lights or the radio short-circuits, or a tracking system battery fails. As a result, they do not power off, even if the truck is not in use and they continue to consume the battery charge.
Extreme climates, whether it be hot or cold, can also prove to be bad for the health of the battery. Normally, extreme cold can cause the battery to go dead just from sitting.
That is why if one plans to not use the truck for a while, the battery or batteries can be removed and stored properly.
Otherwise, a smart battery charger can be connected as well that prevents the battery from dying due to inactivity.
How Often Should I Replace My Truck Battery?
Batteries, like every other component of the truck, have a finite lifespan. Eventually, they will reach the end of their useful period. Many truck owners are normally concerned about this particular point. This is because trucks are normally used for commercial purposes and a dead battery could result in loss of business.
BPZ realizes the seriousness of the matter and that is why we would look at some of the factors that help in determining the frequency of changing a truck's battery.
The average lifespan of a truck battery is around 2-3 years. That is why it is recommended to change the battery around the two-year mark if some inconsistencies in the battery's performance have started to surface.
There are factors that can increase or decrease the lifespan of a battery. Generally, the handling of battery is a major deciding factor. If the battery is well-maintained, it can continue to perform well beyond the expected endpoint of its service life. On the other hand, poor treatment of the battery and negligence of good maintenance practices can bring the battery's life to a premature end.
Some good maintenance habits include physically inspecting the battery to check for any damage or corrosion, regularly checking voltage levels to identify any noticeable drop, and scheduling regular appointments with a reliable battery technician for a complete inspection as the battery gets older.
There are other factors that can curtail the battery's life. Both hot and cold climates can have adverse effects on the battery's life. Driving habits can also hamper the battery. Frequent short trips could mean that the battery does not get the chance to fully recharge and lead to complete discharge which could permanently damage the battery.