Winter is hard on batteries, and it is common for an auto mechanic in Norwalk, OH to receive many battery and electrical system inquiries during this time of year. If you do not want a dead battery hampering your errands and holiday celebrations, the best course of action is prevention. Here are five signs that it is time to purchase a new battery:
- You do not remember the last replacement: Batteries have a lifespan of three to six years. If your vehicle is a model year 2010 and you’ve never replaced the battery, it is likely time to get that accomplished. Many customers gamble on this and wait until the actual failure date, but being stranded is normally something to avoid. If you would prefer to avoid calls to roadside assistance or to friends with jumper cables, purchase a new battery now.
- You frequently jumpstart your car: As batteries age, it takes longer to charge them. A 20‑minute errand across town will use power without giving the battery time to charge again. If these short trips involve a call to roadside assistance each time, your battery is likely at the end of its useful life.
- You see a warning light: Dash lights are good indicators of battery replacement times. If you see this warning light, it is time to act. You could need a new battery or have a charging system failure—either of which can leave you stranded. We will test your battery to see if it needs a replacement, and will check your charging system, too. If your charging system is malfunctioning, it is likely that it has drained your battery and rendered it useless. In most of these cases, we fix the charging system and replace your battery.
- You have trouble starting: If every morning before work begins with a prayer that your car will start, the battery is the likely culprit. Old batteries cause cars to crank sluggishly, and one day, they fail to start and none of the interior lights will work. While there could be other issues involved, like the alternator or the starter, it is also very likely your battery lived past its lifespan. An old battery also places stress on the alternator or starter, so the sooner you purchase a new battery, the less likely you will need to replace those parts as well.
- Battery fluid is low or noticeably leaking: In some cars, you can see the battery fluid level. If it is low, that means the battery struggles to stay charged. You will need to check both the battery and your charging system in this case. Also, leaks are dangerous and should not be handled by anyone but your auto mechanic. The acid corrodes connections and other vehicle components, so you need to act as soon as possible. Once a battery starts leaking, your only option is to replace it.
If your vehicle is in the market for a new battery, visit an auto mechanic in Norwalk, OH at Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD.