Most people know from experience that nothing can be worse than having a car that does not start, especially in winter and if you’re far away from home. In most instances, the assumption is that the battery has died. Symptoms like dimming lights, flickering, and accessories like the radio not working indicate that there is something wrong with the battery charging system. But how do you know for sure? The vehicle’s battery is under the most load when you’re turning the key in the ignition. Batteries can typically last for anywhere from 3-5 years and even shorter, mainly depending on the quality and the state of its charging system. At times you might replace the battery a few weeks or months ago, but now your vehicle isn’t starting again. The issue has to do with a poor charging system or one that’s malfunctioning. The charging system is comprised of the alternator and other electronics like the computer, battery cable, and other cables, which may go bad due to age and bad weather. Sometimes dust and corrosion can cause all your problems which become worse during the hot or cold weather. The other thing you need to consider is that newer model vehicles tend to rely heavily on electronic controls and various onboard computers to operate correctly. No matter your vehicle, they all rely on electronics. That’s why the vehicle requires stabilized voltages at all times to function correctly. A system that isn’t charging the battery correctly will lead to damage which can cost you a lot of money, especially if it is the vehicle’s computer. Our approach to addressing most electrical issues is to start with an inspection of the charging system. We use the latest vehicle scanning equipment to test, with our ASE-certified technicians having the experience needed to pinpoint areas that may require service. We take a professional approach that does not require swapping parts. If you suspect an issue with your vehicle’s battery system, we are here to help. Jordan Weine Owner – Bay Diagnostic Serving Brooklyn Since 1985 For over 35 years Bay Diagnostic has been a Brooklyn staple helping you get back on the road faster than the dealer can. A full-service automotive repair shop in Brooklyn that specializes in scheduled service, preventive maintenance and concierge service. At Bay Diagnostic, you will come to expect what the automotive repair experience should be, fast, easy and reliable. A one stop shop for your vehicle needs. We proudly service Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche, Smart Car, and Volkswagen vehicles.