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The More You Know: When is it time to get a new battery?

How do you know when to get a new battery? Here are some signs to look for that will help you recognize when you might want to consider changing your car battery before it’s to late!

  • Slow engine crank- when you attempt to start your car the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start.
  • Check engine light appears- the check engine light will sometimes appear if your battery power is weak
  • Low battery fluid level- if your fluid level is below the lead plates (energy conductor) then it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested
  • Swelling or bloating battery case- if your battery case looks like this you can usually blame excessive heat for causing your battery case to swell which can decrease your battery life
  • Battery leak- leaking can cause corrosion around the posts. This gunk needs to be removed otherwise you run the risk of your car not starting
  • Old age- your battery can easily last more than 3 years, but it is recommended to have your battery tested once a year every year after the 3 year mark

 

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 Don’t end up being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. Keep an eye out for some of these warning signs to help keep you ahead of the game! As always if you would like your battery checked over by an ASE certified technician click here to schedule an appointment.