If the car's dashboard battery light comes on, you might be able to make it home or to a service facility for a repair. The car will continue running as long as some juice is left in the battery, but if the charging system isn't working or you have a bad alternator, your car's engine will stop running once the battery is drained. If you turn off the engine, you won't be able to restart it if the battery doesn't have enough charge left to power the engine's starter motor.
With other electrically powered features, the cause (and the fix) may not be so simple. Because of that, if any electric accessory stops working it's a good idea to first check whether a fuse that protects the circuit it's on has blown. The owners manual should show where a fuse for a particular feature is located (usually in a side panel below the dashboard near the driver's seat or under the hood). If you're handy with a multimeter that measures voltage, resistance and other things, you may be able to diagnose some of your own electrical problems. However, because they can be difficult for professionals to find and fix, they might be even harder for amateur technicians to solve.
An auto battery is built up of six cells, each containing stacked positive and negative lead plates. These are divided and separated by insulators and immersed in an electrolyte, a liquid blend of sulfuric acid and water. However, some batteries, use a gel instead of the electrolyte. This is considered to be safer and because you do not have to refill it with electrolyte, it has been labelled "maintenance-free". Each cell generates or more correctly put, stores 2.1 volts for a total of 12.6 volts.
You rely on your car's battery to start your car every time you turn the key. Whether you are driving to work or just hitting the road for a day of fun, you need to know that your battery is up to the job. Unfortunately, batteries don't last forever, and even new car batteries will eventually need to be replaced. How long should the battery in your vehicle last? The answer isn't always straightforward, and in many cases, it isn't as long as drivers think it should be.