Problems That May Affect Your Used Truck Batteries

Few things are more disheartening than, when you turn the key in the ignition of a used truck, to hear nothing but that horrible click-click-click. Now the major part of your day is shot because you have to shop for a new battery, and then you will have to install it. Once your old battery is out, do you know what to do with it? If you’re not handy, you might have to wait for a mechanic to do this.

For those owning or buying used trucks, batteries should be one of the major concerns. A used battery may be on its last leg and you might not even know it.

The Workings of a Battery

Car batteries, truck batteries, and how they function is relatively easy to understand. The starter receives its electricity supply from your battery. The battery also supplies the electronic accessories and engine with electricity. The alternator gives the battery its charge. For those who depend on trucks or other automobiles for deliveries, when that battery fails, it’s going to throw a wrench into the whole business.

Are there any preventative measures that you can take to try and keep your battery in good, dependable, working condition? Below you will find a number of common battery problems. If you keep an eye out for them, you may be able to avoid battery issues in the future.

Parasitic Loads

These are common culprits when it comes to battery drain. There are a number of systems and accessories in your vehicle that need power in order to function. If they are using power while your vehicle is shut off, they’ve got nowhere to go for it but your battery. Those who park their cars for long periods of time – for instance, if they leave town for a month or so – may come home to a dead battery because of this situation.

Batteries Sulfation

Conductor grids can corrode faster when battery capacities are increased due to high temperatures. Sulfate can also form on electrodes due to high temperatures. Large crystals begin to grow from these sulfates if batteries don’t turn over quickly. This is referred to as sulfation and can lead to battery failure.


A top cause for corrosion involving an automobile’s battery is heat. When, on cable ends and battery posts, natural gases from the battery condense, corrosion can occur. It shows up during normal use and is something to always keep an eye out for. Corrosion can interfere with the connection between your cables and your battery posts.

How to Prevent Problems With Your Battery

So how can the above mentioned issues be prevented? Next summer, before the heat really kicks in, have your battery inspected. Get a computer diagnosis from a professionally trained technician. This way, your battery and electrical systems can be checked. With an inspection of this nature, you will feel better about the dependability of your truck, car, van, etc.

Above all else, regular inspections and proper service should be conducted to help guarantee that your vehicle will start every time you need it to.

Mickey Genuine Parts has certified service centers located throughout the United States for your convenience. If you would like your battery and electrical system checked, contact us today for an appointment. We also carry parts, accessories, and used trailers, van bodies, and more.

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