A major reason why people have issues with their vehicles often has to do with the battery. Many problems that occur with a vehicle can often be solved by simply replacing your old car battery or by making minor repair to any damages to the terminals. To help you better understand how your car battery works, and when it may be time for a replacement, feel free to check out some of the helpful information provided below. If you think your car battery is giving you issues, you might want to check out this information before you spend money on a replacement.
How Long Do Batteries Last?
For the most part, a car battery will last between three to five years. After that time, it will start to get harder and harder for the battery to hold a charge, making it less and less efficient and reliable. To determine the age of your battery, check for a letter and number sequence stamped on its side. The letter represents the month the battery was shipped (A for January, B for February, etc) , and the number represents the year the batter was made (9 for 2009, 0 for 2010, etc).
There are other factors that drivers should be aware of that can shorten the lifespan of a battery. Issues like dirty or loose terminals can cause your battery to function improperly or not at all. Loose terminals can also be potentially dangerous, so it is important to correct that problem right away if you happen to notice it under the hood of your car. Batteries that are not properly secured in their housing can be a major cause of loose terminals due to the vibration of your car, not to mention the potential for short circuits to occur that can affect other components of your car’s electrical system. There are a few other factors which can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of your battery, most of which can be found right away by a certified auto repair expert.
Warning Signs for Replacement
To help you figure out if it is time to replace your battery, we have prepared this short list of things to look for:
• Slow engine turnover, slow engine crank. If you try and start your vehicle, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start.
• Check Engine Light. The check engine light indicates a multitude of problems with your car. Combined with a slow start up, this can likely be referring to the battery.
• Low battery fluid levels. Car batteries have part of the casing that is translucent, so you can check the fluid levels. If the fluid is low and below the lead plates, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested.
• If your battery smells of rotten eggs or sulfur, is an indication that your battery is leaking.
• If the battery is older than 3 years, you might want to bring it to the experts at Bill and Walter’s Garage to be on the safe side. In fact, yearly inspections of batteries are often recommended by manufacturers.
To find out more about how your battery can affect the safety and performance of your vehicle, or if you think it might be time for a replacement, feel free to visit us at Bill & Walter’s Garage. Our friendly team has all the knowledge and expertise necessary to help you get back on the road quickly and safely.