Your car battery is essential to your car’s functioning, but often, people don’t find out that theirs is struggling until they end up stranded in a parking lot with a car that won’t start. However, if you pay close attention to some telltale signs of impending battery failure, you can get your car to an auto repair shop for testing and battery replacement. Here are a few common signs of an impending battery failure, so you can take action if they happen to you.
Your engine is slow to start.
Your battery is solely responsible for firing up your engine when you turn your key in the ignition. If your car suddenly seems like it is starting up slower than normal, or if your engine seems to hesitate before coming to life, then there is a good chance that your battery is failing. Usually, this happens when the battery doesn’t have enough power to start the engine. If you experience this sign, your battery’s failure could be imminent, so get it replaced as soon as possible.
Your car’s electrical system is wonky.
Your battery is responsible for keeping all of the electrical components in your car powered up. When your battery starts to fail, it may not provide sufficient power to interior lights, your radio display, power seats and windows, and your headlights. If lights seem dim or don’t turn on at all, or if you’re struggling to adjust your seats and windows, then it’s time to have your battery tested.
Your battery is old.
Batteries have a limited lifespan. After four or five years, they will usually begin to fail. If your battery is in this age range, it may be worth getting it replaced now, before you find out the hard way that it is dying.
Doc’s Auto Clinic can test your battery to see if it still has life and help you select an affordable new battery if it’s time for a replacement. When you need auto service in Steamboat Springs, CO, call (970) 871-1346.