What You Need to Know About Car Batteries

How the Battery Works

The battery powers almost everything in your vehicle like the starter, the engine and many other auxiliary components of the electrical system like windshield wipers and lights. The way the battery is able to do this is by converting chemical energy into electrical energy and delivers that energy to the starter. Once it has started your vehicle, it stabilizes the voltage to keep your engine running.

Battery Lifespan

The average car battery will last 3 to 5 years. However, the lifespan can vary based on driving habits and exposure to extreme elements. You could go the full life of your battery without ever experiencing a single issue, but this is rarely the case. During abnormal weather conditions such as extreme heat or extreme cold, you may experience minor issues and require a jump from a fellow Oklahoma driver.

When it does come time to purchase a new battery, make sure to get advice from the experts at your local Christian Brothers Automotive in Yukon, OK. Tell them about your driving habits and conditions and they’ll be able to recommend the battery that’s best for your vehicle.

Warning Signs of Battery Issues

There are a few indicators to let you know that your battery may be on its way out. The main signs are:

  • Slow engine crank
  • Check engine light
  • Low battery fluid level
  • Swelling/bloating battery case (caused by extreme heat)
  • Rotten egg smell (caused by a battery leak)

If you’ve been experiencing any issues with your vehicle and think they could be connected to your battery, contact Christian Brothers Automotive Yukon today. Our ASE-certified technicians will perform a battery charge test to make sure everything okay, and if something is wrong, they’ll clearly explain the issue to you so you can make an informed decision. It’s time to see the nice difference.