If your battery dies, it’s obvious that you’ll need a new one. However, there are some other early indicators you can look for to avoid getting stranded with a dead battery.
So, how exactly do you know when it’s time to replace your battery? Originally published in 2017 and updated in 2020, our experts explain the common signs of a deteriorating car battery.
The Battery Looks Blue, Crusty or Smells Bad:
First and foremost, take a look at the battery itself: Are their stains? Is their corrosion? Do you smell anything sulfuric? If so, this probably means you have a leak or an overheated battery.
Your Vehicle Doesn’t Start
Perhaps the most obvious sign that your car needs a new battery is if it won’t turn on. Be sure to read one of our other blogs detailing how to jumpstart a car when that happens. Often, you’ll be able to jumpstart your car as a temporary fix, but that doesn’t always fix the underlying problem.
Pro-Tip: If you experience continual problems with your car’s starter that can mean the battery terminals are loose, broken, or calcified, or that your power is being drained by a wire that is touching something it shouldn’t. To investigate this further - start by checking your battery cables to ensure they fit firmly and securely on the battery posts OR bring your car to your local Christian Brothers Automotive for a courtesy inspection.
Your Vehicle is Slow to Start
If you attempt to start your vehicle and the cranking of the engine is extremely slow, this is a sign of a dying battery. Trying to start a car several times before succeeding is also indicative of a battery that is on its way out. Some other signs you’ll notice from your car when the engine cranking is slow, include:
Dash lights flickering
If you notice any of the above signs it’s time to get the battery tested as soon as you can.
When your car’s battery light illuminates on the dashboard, it’s a warning that the battery isn’t charging properly. Often, you will still be able to start the car because of the energy already stored inside the battery, but the warning light indicates that it won’t be long before more complications occur.
Now, if you’re car isn’t starting, the warning light is on, or you're experiencing multiple electrical problems, you may be wondering—what do I do now?
It’s Time to Replace Your Battery
One of the best—and most convenient—ways to replace your battery is to visit your local Christian Brothers Automotive. We’ve been replacing batteries for a long time, so we can get you back on the road worry-free in no time. And, if you need any other vehicle servicing, such as a tune-up, wheel alignment, or oil change, let us know and we can do it for you as well.
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