Dead Battery

A weak or discharged battery may still have enough power to turn on lights and other electrical components, but not enough to turn over the engine. This is because lights and other electrical components require less power to function than the starter motor, which is responsible for cranking the engine.

When you turn the key in the ignition, the battery sends a small amount of power to the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor. The starter motor then uses a lot of power to turn the engine over and start the car. If the battery is weak or discharged, it may not have enough power to activate the starter solenoid or to turn the starter motor. You may only hear a clicking sound, which is the sound of the solenoid trying to activate the starter motor but not having enough power to do so.

Symptoms of a dead car battery include:

  • The engine not cranking or turning over when the key is turned
  • Headlights and interior lights dimming or flickering
  • Electrical accessories, such as the radio or power windows, not functioning
  • The battery warning light illuminating on the dashboard
  • A burning smell coming from the engine compartment
  • Battery leakage or swelling
  • Car not starting even after multiple attempts
  • A clicking sound when you turn the key in the ignition
  • In some cases, no sound or lights coming from the car at all when the key is turned.

A dead or weak car battery will not only prevent engine start it will trigger a number of fault codes and warning lights on the dashboard.

There are several reasons why a car battery might die or get weak especially when vehicle is parked overnight:
-A light or electrical component being left on, such as headlights, interior lights, or the radio, which can drain the battery.
-A problem with the charging system, such as a malfunctioning alternator or voltage regulator, which can prevent the battery from being recharged while the car is running.
-A parasitic draw, which is when an electrical component continues to draw power from the battery even when the car is off.
-Extremely cold temperatures can affect the battery’s performance, causing it to die faster.
-A weak battery that is near the end of its life can die overnight if it is not able to hold a charge.
-A problem with the battery terminals, such as corrosion, loose connections, or damage, can prevent the battery from being able to function properly.
-Faulty starter motor or solenoid can cause a dead battery overnight

Some cars have an automatic feature that goes into a sleep mode while parked, in these cars battery drain is normal, but it should not drain the battery overnight.