There’s nothing worse than walking out to your car, turning the key, and having nothing happen. A dead car battery can leave you stranded at the worst times. Luckily, you can avoid this situation by knowing the signs of a failing battery.
It takes a lot of energy to start your car. If your battery is beginning to fail, you may notice that the engine turns over slower than usual. Along with powering the engine, your car battery also provides power for different electric components in your car, including headlights, radio, power windows, and dashboard lights. If any of these components start to act irregularly, it might be time to replace your battery.
Your car battery is a chemical reaction in a box, and like other chemical reactions, sometimes there are issues. If you notice the battery case is swollen or bulging, or if you see corrosion around the battery, it’s time for a replacement.
You should also pay attention to the lights on your dashboard. If the battery warning light is illuminated, this means your battery isn’t replenishing properly, or there’s an internal problem with the battery. Finally, if you notice the smell of rotten eggs coming from under the hood, your battery is on the way out.
While there’s no exact rule for how often you should have your car battery changed, the normal life is about four years. However, many factors can determine whether your battery will last for more or less than four years. Extreme temperature fluctuations, short drives, and charging extra devices such as cellphones or GPS navigators can all shorten the life of your battery.
Sometimes other issues – such as a bad starter, a loose alternator belt, a faulty alternator, corroded wires, or loose connections – can mimic the same symptoms as a weak battery. The technicians at Priority Toyota Springfield have the knowledge and equipment to tell whether your battery is weak or you have another bad component. This way you don’t end up replacing your car battery when you don’t have to.