4 Dead Batteries in 1 year


#1

I have a 2002 Ford Escort ZX2 that is on its 4th battery since last January. The original battery (that lasted several years) and the alternator were replaced 1 year ago. Since then my car won’t start every few months and inevitably the battery needs replacement. What could be the possible causes for this?


#2

Batteries will die early because of a few reasons:

  1. Excessive heat.

  2. Repeated discharge. Batteries should be used to start the car, then restarted. If you are a klutz and leave your lights on a lot (or if your car has a current draw), your battery will “die” quickly.

Most other things (i.e. punctures) would be obvious to whoever changes the battery, and they’d have told you about it.


#3

Have the alternator checked. It is more than a coincidence that the batteries started dying after it was replaced.