The average car battery should last you around four years. However, the life of your battery will depend on a few key factors like; extreme temperatures, humidity, and heavy accessory use. If you are experiencing any of the signs below, it may be time to replace your car battery.
Signs You Need A New Car Battery
Your battery light is illuminated on your dashboard. If your check engine light or battery light is on, your car might be alerting you that your battery power is weak.
The engine cranks slower than usual. If you attempt to start your car and notice that the cranking of the engine is slower than normal, you may have a weak battery.
Low battery fluid level. Most car batteries have a translucent part on their casing so you can check the fluid level in them. If the fluid level is below the lead plates inside then it’s time to have the battery tested and possibly replaced with a new battery.
Battery swelling. If your battery casing looks swollen or bloated you should have it checked out. This can happen when it’s exposed to excessive heat and will decrease your battery life over time.
Your lights are dimmer than normal. The lights in your car might appear dimmer than usual if your battery is weakened.
3 Tips To Make Your Car Battery Last Longer
1. Make sure all lights are turned off when you leave your car.
Accidentally leaving your car door lights on can drain your battery. Make sure your headlights are off (if they aren’t automatically turned off), door lights, and dome lights are all off when you exit your vehicle.
2. Control the corrosion.
Battery terminals will get corroded over time. Keeping them clean and clear of buildup will extend the life of your car battery. Make sure to wear gloves, safety goggles, and follow a proper cleaning procedure if you choose to clean them yourself. You can always bring your vehicle into a shop like SL Autoworks to have your battery tested, cleaned, or replaced if needed.
3. Don’t use the electronics while your engine isn’t running.
Using the electronics in your vehicle like the radio or AC when your engine is turned off puts extra strain on your battery. Turn these electronics off whenever your engine is not running. You may even want to unplug any electronic accessories like phone chargers if your battery is already weak or if your car will be sitting for an extended period of time.
Call us today if you need your battery tested, cleaned, or replaced! 501-214-1091