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How Do I Know When I Need A New Car Battery?

The best time to buy a new car battery is before you have to. But, how do you know the time to replace it? Fortunately, there are a few signs that indicate that your battery needs replacing. Read on to find out.

Battery Leak

Leaking of the battery causes corrosion where the positive and negative cables are located. When this happens, you may have problems starting your car, and it is time to replace the battery. The new battery must be of the right type and size and should be of good quality.

Slow Engine Crank

If you notice that your engine is sluggish and is taking too much time to start, there is a chance that you have a flat battery. The battery may be damaged, needing you to replace it.

Old Age

Like any other car components, you have to replace your car battery after a while, usually a maximum of three years. You should also have it checked yearly to ensure it is in proper condition.

Additionally, if your battery warning light goes on, there is a chance that the battery has problems, which could be old age. Be sure to replace your battery as per the manufacturer's guidelines, keeping in mind that your battery could be affected by driving patterns and climate.

Leaving Your Vehicle Unused for Too Long

If your car has been sitting for too long, there is a chance that your battery is dead. While most people think that driving your vehicle often, affects the life of your battery, it is vice versa. Your battery recharges as you drive, but the charge gets depleted when you leave your car unused.

If you are away, make sure a friend or a family member takes it for short rides once in a while.

While you can use the above signs to tell when you need to replace your battery, there are times when internal failures occur, which are very hard to detect. It is best to regularly service your vehicle and have our mechanic check on the battery often.

If you need car battery replacement, give our auto repair shop a call today!

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