You are already five minutes behind and have a busy day ahead. You hurry out to your car, slid into the seat, and try to turn the engine over. Nothing happens. You give it a few more tires, and still, nothing. We have all been in this situation. Your car battery is something many drivers take for granted, until it stops working. It is like the heart of your car, and if it stops your car will not have the power to start or move.
You don’t want to be caught off guard. It is easy to know when your battery is dead, but better to know the signs of your battery wearing out. Here is what to watch for, and how to know when it is time for a new battery.
No Crank, No Lights, No Start
Your battery powers all the accessories in your vehicle, and this is a sure sign it is completely dead—void of all signs of power. Not much you can do except find someone to jump your car or call a tow truck. Sometimes you might have just left the interior lights on all night. Other times you might need battery replacement.
Slow Engine Crank
If your car cranks when you turn the key, but takes a while to start, the most likely culprit is the battery. Granted, it could be the starter, or another issue. But most often it is just the battery. If your car keeps having rough starts, it is time to go in for Brandon, MI auto repair.
Sometimes it Starts, Sometimes it Doesn’t
Is starting an intermittent problem? If so you might have loose, broken, calcified, or corroded batter terminals. That or you have a draw that is on when it should be off. First thing to do is check the battery cables, making sure they are securely attached to the battery posts. If you notice the terminals are frayed or falling apart call for repairs and replace them as soon as you can.
Frequent Jump Starts
A good rule of thumb: if you need to jump your care more than three times in one week, then you need to get a replacement battery. Jumping is not easy on the battery, and even a brand new one can become a dud if you jump it too frequently.
Check Engine Light
If your battery is weak, or has lost power sometimes the check engine light appears. Some vehicles even have a separate indicator light specifically for the battery. If it comes on you should still be able to drive your car, but will want to get in for service sooner, rather than later.
Low Batter Fluid Level
You might not have known this, but car batteries often have a translucent part of the casing. This is where you can see the battery fluid and check to make sure it is high enough. If the fluid level is too low (below the lead plates inside) it is time to have your charging system and battery tested.
Swelling, Bloating Battery Case
You have probably seen, if not first had, at least pictures of a bloated car battery. Excessive heat causes the casing to swell, and diminishes the life of your battery.
Check the date. Typically batteries last two or three years, and some can last up to five. Ideally you should replace your battery every two and a half to three years to avoid problems.
Any of these a problem for you in Brandon, MI? If so then you should call Holly Tire today or bring your car by 15140 N. Holly Rd. Holly, MI 48442 so one of our experienced technicians can check your battery and diagnose any issues.