Five Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Car Battery
We grow more and more dependent on technology each and every day. Waking up every morning with a fully-charged cell phone as well as having the ability to keep up with our connections in an effort to stay current, or being able to enjoy an evening at home without having to worry when and if the power suddenly goes out – we’ve always got a batteries for that.
Our focus isn’t always on technology itself, but rather the importance of the overall performance of these technologies which enable us to sustain our occupations, communications, and transportation. Turning the key, and driving to our destination may seem trivial, but it’s integral.
Let’s say for instance that you get in the driver seat, turn the ignition, and nothing happens. What do you do?
Here are some of the main issues you might face that could ultimately leave you stranded from a dead battery.
What is your dash telling you?
Sitting in the driver seat of a lifeless car, you have a library of knowledge right in front of you – your dash. Most vehicles are equipped with a battery icon light on the dashboard. This light will be illuminated when the sensors are aware that the battery is possibly drained, defective, having connection issues, or if the alternator is not sustaining the batteries charge. Luckily, if you find yourself stranded in a car that’s reluctant to start with a battery light ON, you’ll have a more direct path towards a solution to the problem.
Is your battery corroding?
A corroded battery is a testament of time and exposure. Your vehicle faces the elements of time and weather conditions for the duration of its running life – this includes the battery. At times, hydrogen gas being released from the positive and negative terminals, coupled with other things in the atmosphere over time, will cause the terminals to corrode resulting in bad connections.
Congratulations, it’s been another year! Everything seemed to be going smoothly until you try to start the car and then? Nothing. After noticing your battery light is on you decide to raise the hood and see what the issue might be. To your surprise you find that your battery is completely out of date. Typically, the average automotive batteries sold with a 3-year warranty last about 3-5 years, and batteries sold with a 5-year warranty last about 8 years.
Are your lights, radio, or locks working correctly?
Sometimes there are early warning signs to problems before the problem actually arises. This is true for many things in life, and your car is no exception. One early sign that your car battery may be faulty or defective might be dimmed headlights. Another warning sign might be a malfunctioning radio. When your battery is low or not sustaining a charge, a lot of times your locks on your car will nudge, but not completely lock as they should. Furthermore, your car without its battery has no security! This warning sign will urge you to act quickly given your personal items within the vehicle are at risk.
The good news? No one else will be driving away in your car.
Weak from the start.
Everyone runs a little slower when they first wake up in the morning as well as a little hazy as they drag their feet to the coffee maker while sizing up their day. So you never expected your car to be such a slow starter as well? Another prominent indicator that your battery is dead or not sustaining a charge is if it takes it an abnormal amount of time to start. Sputtering, or multiple attempts to start your car, are typical signs that you should consider replacing your battery.
When your car battery dies, let’s face it, it is not armageddon. However, it is something that poses an obstacle in your daily routine. If you’re aware of these warning signs, then do something about it. You’ll be back on the road in no time at all.