Whether it's the AA batteries in your TV remote or the car battery that powers your vehicle, all batteries will weaken and lose energy over time. As your car battery begins to die, there are several signs you will likely notice. Here are 7 of the most common symptoms of a dying car battery:
1. Warning Light
A weakening car battery may trip the check engine light, but there are also specific battery lights that can illuminate to let you know that there is a problem.
2. Car Slow to Start
If your car is having trouble starting or taking a long time to start, it is likely a battery issue. It could also be the alternator or a spark plug, so it's a good idea to get it tested by a professional mechanic.
3. Corroded Connections
If you look at your car battery and the connections are extremely corroded or crusty, then that's another clear sign that there's something wrong with your battery.
4. Dimming Lights
You may notice your headlights, tail lights or interior lights seem duller than normal, or they may actually dim in and out as you drive. This likely means the battery isn't generating enough power to run everything.
5. Electronic Malfunctions
If you experience any electronic malfunctions such as the entertainment system acting up or power windows/doors not working properly, it could be a battery issue or some other electrical problem that is worth getting looked at.
6. Unpleasant Smell
One unpleasant smell associated with a bad battery is similar to rotten eggs, and you may notice when you open your hood. It happens when an internal short causes the battery to leak gasses and acid.
7. You Know the Battery is Old
Perhaps you've never had the battery replaced in your car or you know it's been a long time since a new one was installed. Sometimes you just know your battery is on its way out, especially if you start noticing any of the symptoms above.
If you are in the Mid-Atlantic area and are experiencing any of these car battery or other electrical issues in your vehicle, turn to the automotive repair experts at Fox Run Auto for a professional diagnosis and expert battery replacement or repairs. If your battery fails completely and you are stranded, we offer emergency towing and roadside assistance services, as well.
Call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.
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