When Should You Replace Your Car Battery?
How do you know it’s time for a new car battery? One major indicator is when your vehicle won’t start. However, you should not let it get to this point and can easily prevent it by looking at the signs. Your vehicle may be offering you signs of a dead car battery right now. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the top signs that show when to replace a car battery. If you want more information or would like a full battery analysis, the team at Gloucester Toyota’s Service Department can help.
Slow Start? Time for a New Car Battery
When temperatures fall below 20 degrees, virtually any vehicle will struggle to start. Once it falls below 0, the struggle becomes even more real. However, if you notice this type of sluggish behavior when starting and the temperature has not dropped, you should get your battery tested as soon as possible. The worst thing you can do is just ignore it and get right on the road because your vehicle could be warning you that it’s time for a new car battery.
Check Engine Light
If you notice the check engine light is on in your vehicle, there is a 99 percent chance something is wrong. In most instances, it indicates something is malfunctioning in your engine. It could also be indicating it’s time for a new car battery. However, the only way you can truly know is by having a diagnostic test run on your vehicle at Gloucester Toyota.
Does Your Battery Smell Like Rotten Eggs?
If your battery smells, it is giving you a warning sign it’s about to fail — if it has not already. Under normal circumstances, your battery should have no odor or aroma. However, when find your battery starting to emit rotten egg smells, it could mean it has vented gas and has released sulfuric acid and corrosion that could cause damage to more expensive parts of your engine. While the rotten egg smell and corrosion could mean a new battery today, it could put you at risk and cost you exponentially more if left unattended.
Are Your Car Accessories Not Working?
If your radio or other car accessories do not turn on, you should not mistake it for a minor inconvenience. Whenever you have the ignition in the ‘On’ position, the battery should provide enough voltage to run your headlights, windshield wipers, radio and other electronic devices. However, if these accessories tend to dim or flicker before starting, it’s more than likely time to replace your battery.
Has Your Battery Gained Weight?
When your vehicle’s battery was designed, it was engineered with a very defined footprint. Anytime your battery gains weight or becomes swollen, you should be able to detect it. In the event you notice your battery is swollen, your alternator may have a faulty voltage regulator, which has overcharged your battery. Unfortunately, this problem of overcharging the battery is caused by hydrogen gasses building up faster than the battery can dissipate. This means damage has already been done to your battery, and it’s time to install and remove it.
Is Your Battery Long In the Tooth?
The average lifespan of any battery can be between four and six years. However, once you cross the fourth year, you should begin paying special attention to your battery. Keep a keen eye for corrosion or any of the previous issues because they most certainly can be signs of a bad car battery.
- If your car is slow to start, it could be your battery
- If your vehicle’s check engine light is on, it could be your battery
- A faulty or failing battery can emit a rotten egg, foul smell
- Your car accessories may begin to fail when your battery is going bad
- A swollen battery is a damaged battery
- Most batteries were designed to operate anywhere from 4 to 6 years
Contact the Gloucester Toyota Service Department
Your car battery is one of the things you never tend to think about until it doesn’t start. But you don’t have to let it get to that point. It’s important to know when to replace a car battery and see the several signs of a bad car battery. And if you notice any of them, your vehicle is simply letting you know it’s time to replace your car battery. Fortunately, the team at Gloucester Toyota’s Service Department ensures the process is as easy and hassle-free as possible.
Contact us today to schedule your battery inspection.