Your vehicle’s battery acts somewhat like it’s heart—without a properly functioning one, your car doesn’t have the power to start or move. That’s why it’s essential to know common signs and symptoms that your battery needs to be replaced, because no one wants to find themselves with a dead battery.
In addition, summer heat can wreak havoc on batteries, so if you notice any of the following warning signs happening with your vehicle, it may be time to replace it.
Warning Signs You May Need a New Car Battery
Slow Engine Crank
If your battery is on its last leg, you may notice that the engine cranks more slowly than usual. It takes an adequate amount of power to start your car, and all that power is produced from the battery alone. Once your vehicle is started, the alternator keeps the battery going by replacing the power used to start the engine and run your car’s electronic accessories. So, if your engine has a difficult time turning over, it’s more than likely a weak battery.
Dashboard Warning Light
It might seem like common sense, but if a light suddenly illuminates on your dashboard in the shape of a battery, that means there is most likely an issue. Don’t ignore it—take it to a professional to get it looked at right away. Be sure to keep these 5 other dashboard warning lights in mind if they appear on your dash as well.
Complications with Electrical Components
As mentioned earlier, your vehicle’s battery is also the source of power for all the various electronic components in your car. These elements that are found in most used luxury vehicles include power windows, power seats, radio, wipers, dashboard lights, headlights/tail lights, and more. If you notice that these features are not as bright or powerful as they once were, it could be a sign that you need a new battery.
Car batteries are filled with a combination of water and sulfuric acid, but over years of use, those fluids will slowly evaporate. This creates an unbalanced mixture that can cause overheating or boiling, which is where that sulfur (or rotten egg) smell is probably coming from. Don’t wait until it’s too late—if you smell sulfur, replace your battery.
Depending on external factors (temperatures, number of deep discharges, etc.) most vehicle batteries will last about four to five years. When you hit the four year mark, it’s in your best interest to get it tested by a professional to see how much life it still has left. If you’re unsure of how old your battery is, check the manufacture date on the battery case.
By keeping these common warning signs in mind, you’ll be able to get your battery replaced before it leaves you stranded on the side of the road. If you have any questions, contact our Lakeville Service Center or our Golden Valley Service Center.