It is important to understand your car battery at the very least the common warning signs of a dying battery. Just keep your eyes open for these symptoms.
1. Can’t remember your last replacement?
Car batteries are the unsung heroes of the car. We never remember to check, service or clean them although it works hard starting our engines every morning. Car batteries, like any other car part have a lifespan.
A good rule of thumb to determine the lifespan of your car battery is 1.5x to 2x of the manufacturer’s warranty. For example, if your last battery change was two years ago on a 12 month warranty battery, your battery is probably living on borrowed time.
2. Check the indicator
Some car batteries have indicators on the top side of the batteries. Like this one – a red indicator means that the battery is healthy and doesn’t need a charge while a white indicator tells you that it’s weak and needs a recharge or to be replaced.
3. Tick Tock
Car battery not only provides the power to start the engine, rather, it powers all the electronics like your power seats, power windows, air conditioning and many more. So if your car battery is failing while the car’s switched off, it may reset the electronics and your clock will go back to 00:00. Also, check your lights! If it’s dimmer than usual, it may be time to call us.
4. Slow engine crank
It takes a lot of power to get your car started, and all that power is produced solely by… you guessed it, your battery. If the battery is on its last legs, you may notice that the engine cranks more slowly than usual. Try turning the ignition key and feel how fast the engine starts up. If it’s slower than usual, you got to get it tested before you’re stranded in your dodgy office car park.
5. You’ve jumped it a lot already
If you have to jump your car more than three times in a single week, it’s time to replace your car battery. The battery no longer has the capacity to hold its charge.