Is it Time to Change Your Car Battery?

It can be frustrating dealing with a dying car battery. You may be able to recharge it and get more life out of the battery. Eventually, it may need to be swapped out with a new one. You don't want to be stranded somewhere, unable to get your vehicle to start.

Here are a few of the most common signs that your car battery is dying and may need to be replaced soon:

Battery Warning Light

The battery warning light on your dashboard (or computer monitor) is there to let you know when the battery is losing its charge or has some other problem like a loose connection. If your battery light is on, you should get it checked out and tested by a professional mechanic to determine if it needs to be recharged, replaced or repaired.

Physical Damage

There can be numerous physical signs that your battery is on its last legs. Symptoms can include extensive corrosion around the cable connections, loose battery terminals and a swollen battery case.

Trouble Starting the Vehicle

If your ignition clicks when you try to power up or the engine is slow to start up, it could be a battery issue. It could also be another problem like a failing spark plug, electrical short, wiring malfunction or damaged starter.

Dim Headlights

Headlights that are dimmer than usual will generally mean that your battery is low on power. The lights are still on and working, but the low brightness is a clear sign that there's a battery or electrical issue. 

Electrical Problems

You may also notice some problems with your electronic components. A dying battery could affect your radio, interior lights, dashboard display, stereo, air conditioner, rear window defroster or power window/door locks. Electronic malfunctions are typically a sign of a wiring issue or a weak battery.

Old Battery

If you've had the same car battery for many years and start experiencing any of the symptoms above, there's a good chance it needs to be replaced soon. Eventually, the battery will give out and you are better off replacing it before you are stuck in a bad situation. If the battery is still relatively new or it is dead because you left your lights on for a long time, then it can likely be recharged and will continue to work fine.

If you are in Northern Delaware and need your car battery recharged or replaced, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online. We can test and inspect your battery (and electrical system if necessary) and recommend the best automotive services.


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