When do I Need a New Car Battery?

Posted September 19, 2018

The car battery is one of the most important components under the hood. It must provide the electricity to start your car and power your accessories. Without a working battery, you’re stuck.

But how do you know when it’s time for a new battery?

You should have one of our ASE-certified technicians inspect the car battery as part of your next inspection. Heat, cold, and temperature swings can affect the battery’s performance, so check your battery at the change of seasons (such as summer to fall!).

Watch for warning signs, including:

• Age
• Leaks
• Fraying cables
• Corrosion on the terminals
• Trouble starting your vehicle

An average car battery usually has a lifespan of 3-5 years. Keep track of the age of your battery and have it tested more frequently as it gets older. We recommend keeping the vehicle’s maintenance records for all services, including purchasing a new battery. Our technicians will also keep track of the maintenance schedule for your vehicle.

Between routine inspections, periodically check the battery yourself at home. Look for fraying cables, corrosion, and white or green powdery substance on the battery itself. Battery acid is very corrosive. If you find evidence of a leak, including the powder-like corrosion at the terminals, bring your vehicle and battery into our shop at your earliest convenience.

Our technicians will inspect the battery to determine if the corrosion can be cleaned and the leak fixed. If the damage is severe enough, your vehicle may be due for a new battery.

Even young batteries can be damaged in the summer heat, and cold weather is hard on the battery. Keeping track of your battery’s age, watching for warning signs, and regular inspections can help you ensure your vehicle has the power it needs to keep you safe on the roads in Aurora.

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