Monday, June 17, 2024

How Do You Know When You Need a New Car Battery?

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If your vehicle won’t start, it’s a good clue that you may need a new car battery to get things going. But did you know that there are other warning signs as well? Rather than waiting to be stranded at home, at work, or even on the side of the road with a vehicle that won’t start, it’s good to know what to watch for. Today, we’ll walk you through some of the most common signs that it’s time to buy a new car battery.

5 Indicators That It’s Time For a New Car Battery

1.  You notice a slow cranking engine.

Whether a vehicle is new or used, it should start right away after you turn the key or push the ‘start’ button. If it doesn’t, a new car battery may be warranted.

2.  The ‘check engine’ light comes on.

If there’s one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of most vehicle owners, it’s the ‘check engine’ light. That’s because this dashboard warning light often illuminates when there’s a serious problem with your vehicle. And, serious problems usually come with a higher price tag for repairs. However, the ‘check engine’ light can also come on for other reasons, such as when your car battery power is weak. In any case, don’t try to diagnose the problem yourself. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible!

3.  Battery fluid is low.

Car batteries contain a mixture of sulfuric acid and water. Over time and when exposed to extreme heat, this fluid can evaporate and battery function is affected when the level drops too low. Battery fluid can be topped off during regular battery service. If the fluid continues to be low, however, there may be a leak and you may need a new car battery.

4.  The battery case appears swollen or bloated.

Extreme heat, such as what we experience during our Arizona summers, can also cause the battery case to swell. Your trusted mechanic can determine whether or not battery function has been affected and whether battery replacement is needed.

5.  Your battery is older than 3 years of age.

While some car batteries can last more than 3 years, they will be on borrowed time if they do. Keep track of your battery’s age so you can anticipate the need for replacement.

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