Most Porsche owners are very keen when it comes to their cars’ maintenance. However, once in a while, a driver may find that their car won’t start at all leaving the unsuspecting owner fearing something wrong may have happened overnight. When this happens, you will find out that more often the battery is the one acting up while the vehicle is completely fine.
Porsche battery problems can strike without warning. Being the most volatile components in a car, batteries do not take much to go bad. Listed below are some common issues to look out for that may cause problems to your car battery.
Car batteries use electrolytes. Whenever a car hasn’t been started for some time, the electrolytes tend to concentrate on the bottom part of the battery. This leaves the upper half of the battery to be acid poor. A simple example is when a cup of coffee that has sugar fails to be stirred in time. Sugar will collect at the bottom and the coffee will remain tasteless unless it is stirred. Similar effect happens to a car battery. Driving short distances will not help in attaining maximum charge of the battery. Instead long distance driving and normal battery checkup with a voltmeter will ensure that the battery is healthy.
Corroded Battery Terminals
Battery terminal corrosion is one of the major issues that affect battery performance in cars. The coating that forms on the terminals prevents the flow of electrons to the cables hence there will be little or no charge flowing into or out of the battery.
Exhausted Lead Plates
Despite the fact that the electrolyte level might be correct and the terminals clean, a car battery sometimes might fail to hold charge. This might be mainly because of lead oxide plates that have deteriorated with time or maybe even short circuited internally. This is a clear indicator to replace the Porsche battery.
Sometimes the car charging system in this case the alternator might fail to charge the battery completely. If this becomes a continuous occurrence, chances are high that the insufficient charge being sent to the battery might slowly kill the battery. This in turn prevents the supply of enough power to meet demands. It is advisable for the driver to visit a local garage to have them test the whole charging system so as to avoid any foreseeable problems.
Experts state that low temperatures have a major negative effect on car batteries. In that the cold slows down the rate at which the battery recharges. This in turn affects the battery’s power output. Thus when it is overloaded, the battery will feel it hence dipping its performance.
Other battery issues include damage to the battery casing, internal connections that have been broken due to corrosion, low fluid level, sulfation after the battery not being in use for some time and broken plates because of corrosion and vibration.
In conclusion it is of paramount importance that you visit a local garage to have the car battery checked every once in a while so as to avoid unnecessary expenses.