With winter weather coming, vehicles tend to suffer, the most common case is to have difficulties starting your GMC Canyon in the morning with very low temperatures. Generally this is associated with problems recharging the battery of your GMC Canyon . There are some causes that can explain why your battery does not recharge effectively anymore, and in this article we will try to help you to fix this problem that can prevent you from using your motor vehicle. To get this done, first we will explain how recharging your car battery works, then the different problems of recharging a GMC Canyon, and at last how to recharge an empty car battery.


How does recharging the battery of a GMC Canyon function?

Before we detail the different complications of recharging the battery on a GMC Canyon , we will explain to you how its recharging system functions so that you can understand the complications you are struggling with. A motor vehicle battery works like a phone battery, it will store energy to start your GMC Canyon , turn on your headlights, listen to music, lower your power windows… However all these actions will consume energy and it might deplete the energy reserve that your battery can store. To handle this problem, the engineers have designed a element called the alternator , this element will use the energy developed by the engine unit of your GMC Canyon to create energy thanks to a copper coil and a magnet. This energy will recharge the battery of your motor vehicle . However, keep in mind that this process can only work when your motor vehicle is running, using electrical elements of your motor vehicle when it is stopped will drain the energy reserve of your motor vehicle. It is considered that a battery of a xxx has a life span of 3 to 5 years.

Problems recharging a GMC Canyon’s battery

We will now describe the different battery charging complications on a GMC Canyon you might be victim of. If your battery is not recharging because there is necessarily a problem in your electrical installation, we will now see the different cases.

Battery charging problem on GMC Canyon: My battery is discharging even if I am recharging it with a specific charger

In this first case, it is quite possible that your alternator is dead , indeed, if you control to recharge your battery with a charger and your GMC Canyon to start, the problem certainly comes from your alternator which should not be able to create any more current.

Battery charging problem on GMC Canyon: My motor vehicle shuts off and does not start even if I have charged the battery

If you have recharged your battery and you have been able to start your GMC Canyon but it switches off although you are driving and then does not start, the trouble with recharging the battery of your GMC Canyon is that your battery no longer holds the charge .

Battery charging problem on GMC Canyon: My battery is discharged nevertheless it is new

If you’ve just bought a battery and it discharges although you’re driving, the problem most probably comes from your alternator. It cannot result from your battery, which is new and therefore holds the charge. The second possibility is that you have a ground somewhere in your electrical system.

How to fix the problem of battery charging on GMC Canyon?

We will now give you the solutions according to the problem you are struggling with. Here are the different complications and their solutions:

  • Faulty alternator: You can try with simple mechanics to check it with a pressure gauge to find out if it’s producing power. If it doesn’t, replacing it is the best remedy, depending on your motor you will pay a few hundred euros. This repair is feasible in case your alternator is accessible.
  • Battery that no longer holds the charge: In such a case, the purchase of a new battery is the only realistic remedy. Obviously, if you have already recharged it but it is still empty because it is good to be replaced, count between 60 and 100 euros depending on your engine.
  • Ground in the electrical circuit: If you cannot start your GMC Canyon but your alternator and battery are in good condition, it is possible that you have a ground on your wiring harness and that you lose energy, a check by a motor vehicle electrician is in this case required.

How to recharge an empty battery of a GMC Canyon

Finally, to recharge the empty battery of a GMC Canyon there are only few solutions, using a battery charger is the most efficient remedy, you can locate some for 50 to 100 euros at vendors like Oscaro. In any other case you can use cables that will only provide the energy needed to begin.

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