Is it bad to completely drain a car battery?

A lead/acid battery when fully charged is full of fairly strong sulfuric acid and when discharged is full of nearly water. So leaving one fully discharged can damage the battery in that the sponge lead can deteriorate and it not take or hold a charge as well later.

Does completely draining a car battery damage it?

Even though 80 percent of the capacity remains when a car battery dips to around 10.5 volts, the battery is considered to be fully discharged because taking the cycle any deeper will cause irreversible damage to the plates through excessive sulfation.

Does flattening car battery damage it?

A battery won’t magically regain charge; if it fails to start the engine, stop trying, as you’ll only flatten it further for no reason. Completely flattening a battery damages it.

How many times can a car battery be discharged?

That depends on 1) the age of the battery, 2) its original cranking amps, and 3) how much demand you place on it. If your battery is new and top quality and you live in a warm climate where the oil rarely gets cold and makes the starter work hard, you probably could drain the battery fifty times before it petered out.

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What do you do when your car battery is completely dead?

The most common way to deal with a dead battery is by jump-starting it. All you need to jump-start a car is a set of jumper cables and another car (a good Samaritan) with a functional battery. Keep in mind that you should never try to jump-start a car if its battery is cracked and is visibly leaking acid.

Can you jump start a completely dead battery?

If you’re stuck with a dead battery, you can start the car by using jumper cables to connect the bad battery to a fully charged one, whether or not it’s fitted to another vehicle. Here’s a guide on how to jump start a car, assuming that the charged battery is fitted to another vehicle.

How often should I start my car to keep the battery charged?

The easiest thing you can do to prevent your car battery from dying is to start your car once a week and letting it run anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. You can even take it for a drive around the block, which should provide just enough power to recharge the battery and keep it alive for another week or so.

Why would a car be completely dead?

It sounds like you may have a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator charges the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while the engine turns the alternator pulley.