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Over time, the battery in your vehicle will deteriorate and, eventually, wear out completely. While finding a new battery at the Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc parts store is easy, you’ll want to learn the signs your car battery is dying, so you can replace it before it causes an inconvenience on your Fremont commute. Read along with Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc as we go over how to tell your car battery is dying, then schedule battery service with our team!
Your check engine light will often be your first warning sign. While the light isn’t specific, when it illuminates, you should bring your vehicle to a local service center and the technician will diagnose the problem for you.
The battery, alternator, or starter may cause your engine to turn over slowly. This process normally happens instantly, so if there is a delay, then it could be a sign that your car battery is dying.
If you hear a clicking sound when you go to start your car, it’s a sign that there is limited or no battery power.
If your headlights appear dimmer than usual or fade at seemingly random intervals, this could be a failing battery or a failing alternator.
Radios, dashboard lights, smartphone connectivity, and power window controls operating improperly are warning signs that your battery may be failing. In general, any sort of electrical issue will tell you that something is wrong with your battery or that there is a larger issue with your vehicle’s electrical system.
Over time, acid can leak out of the battery, harden, and reduce contact between the terminal and its connecting clamps. When this occurs, the battery’s recharging ability will be affected. A blue-green powder will be visible if there is corrosion, and in some situations, you may be able to clean it off with a wire brush (after removing the clamps). However, if your battery is leaking regularly, then, you should buy a new one.
If your battery is exposed to extreme cold, it will have a harder time recharging and holding its charge. Prolonged exposure will also cause permanent weakening of the battery. When winter weather rolls around, try to keep your vehicle in a garage or another covered space.
If your vehicle or the area around your vehicle begins to smell of rotten egg or sulfur, it could be a sign that your battery is failing due to old age, external damage, or an internal short-circuit.
If you find that your vehicle’s battery case is bulging, this is a sign that you need immediate battery service. The bulging could cause the battery to crack and leak battery acid, which can be extremely dangerous to you and the components in your vehicle’s engine. If you find that your car battery case is building, call our service center first and speak to a team member to see if you can drive your car over or if you’ll need a tow.
Typically, conventional vehicle batteries last between 3-5 years, batteries for hybrid vehicles last between 8 – 10 years, and electric vehicles batteries last up to 17 years. When your battery approaches the end of its lifespan, you’ll want to have it checked regularly during your vehicle maintenance visits, then have it replaced when it begins to have low readings.
If you suspect your battery is in need of replacement, or you want to have it inspected, visit our Blair service center today! Our friendly team will inspect your battery and install a new one if it’s dying, damaged, or otherwise dysfunctional. Schedule battery service online with Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc today and get back on Omaha roads!