You’ve been driving your car for years. It’s your baby. You take great care of it and make sure the maintenance is up-to-date. But lately, you’ve been wondering about your car’s battery. How do you know when it’s time for a new car battery? Is there a way to find out before the battery dies?
Check out these top signs that your battery is on its last leg:
It’s a Slow Start
As time goes on, your battery becomes less and less effective at its job. As the battery gets closer to its death, it loses the voltage required to power the starter.
If your car’s engine is having trouble turning over, you should check out the battery to make sure it’s not about to kick the bucket.
The Display Lights are Dim
The battery runs all of the electronics for your car. This includes the dashboard display and computer. If your battery is losing its charge, it won’t be able to run all of your electronics at full capacity and some of the lights may appear dim.
Unplugging extras, such as your phone charger, may give your battery a little bit longer life.
You Smell Rotten Eggs
If you open your hood and smell rotten eggs, your battery has been damaged or is leaking. You’ll need to get a new car battery ASAP.
The Check Engine Light is On (and There’s No Other Problem)
Unfortunately, the check engine light comes on for a myriad of reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your battery.
But, if you’ve checked off all the other likely culprits and the light is still on, it could mean that your battery is leaking juice. Get your mechanic to check that it’s still running at full capacity. If it isn’t, replace it.
Your Battery is No Longer a Rectangle
If you live somewhere with extreme weather, you have probably shortened the lifespan of your battery. When your battery is exposed to extreme temperatures, the case can swell and contract. This leads to a bulged, or worse, a cracked battery case.
A cracked battery case, or any other signs of a warped case, probably means that your battery has been compromised and isn’t working properly. And that means you need to get a new car battery.
Your Battery Is Just Old
Batteries aren’t meant to last forever. If you can’t remember the last time your battery was replaced, it might be time to have it checked out.
The average lifespan of a battery is somewhere around 5 years. If you run a lot of electronics, live somewhere with an extreme climate, and have demanding driving habits, your battery probably won’t make it to 5 years.
Checking the battery every 3 years is good practice to catch a weakening battery before it becomes a real issue.
It’s Time for a New Car Battery!
If you encounter any of these signs, it might be time for a new car battery. A new battery will keep your vehicle running well for the next few years.
Contact us today to set up a time for a diagnostic check or to schedule a battery replacement.