Being met with a dead click when the key is turned, it can throw a wrench into a busy schedule. By using the following suggestions you can quickly deduce where the power issue is so you can make it easier and more timely fix.
Begin with the Battery
The battery is the first component in your engine's electrical system. It sends the initial charge to start the engine, and then the alternator keeps it going. Use these steps to find out if the battery is the culprit:
On to the Alternator
The alternator is your vehicle's built-in battery re-charger. As the pistons fire, your alternator runs current back into the battery in order to keep the engine firing. If your engine died while idling, it's because the alternator is not running power back into the battery. There are many different components to the alternator. You might be able to isolate the alternator issue using this checklist:
Break out the Voltmeter
If the above tests prove inconclusive, a voltmeter never lies. Connect the leads from the voltmeter to your battery, and take a reading when the engine is both off and on. A healthy battery should read 12.6 volts when the engine isn't running, and 14 - 15 volts when the engine is running. If the voltage is significantly lower than 12.6 volts when the engine is off, the battery is low. If it reads below 13.5 volts when the engine is on, the alternator isn't providing enough charge back to the battery.
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