Car batteries have a shelf life, just as all parts do in our vehicles. The life of the battery can slowly diminish, but there are times when it suddenly stops working and you’re left stranded. Nothing can ruin your day faster than a dead car battery completely stopping you in your tracks. Here are the signs to watch for so that you know it’s time for a new car battery.
1. You’ve had to jumpstart it more frequently.
We’ve all had those moments when you walk out to your vehicle in the morning to drive to work or walk out of the office afterward to see that you’ve left the lights on. You hope in the back of your mind that the car will start but you’re freaking out inside that you know it won’t. And sure enough, you search the parking lot for a good Samaritan to give you a jump. This won’t cause you to need a new battery. If you have to jumpstart your vehicle more than three times in a week then it IS time to purchase a new battery.
2. Your engine cranks but doesn’t start.
If the engine cranks or turns over, but fails to start, then most likely you need a new battery for your vehicle. Hopefully, the issue is due to the battery, but in other cases it can be the starter. If the car is cranking strongly, then more likely it’s the battery that needs to be replaced.
3. Starts up fine one day and then the next day there are problems.
If this is the case, check to make sure that the terminals aren’t loose, broken, or corroded. If there is nothing wrong with the terminals, it’s probably time for you to replace the battery. If you are unsure of how to check, Austin’s Automotive Specialists can help you diagnose battery issues or determine if there is another problem that will require automotive repair.
4. No crank and everything is dead.
When you are starting up your vehicle and there is no crank, no start, and no lights then you’ve got a dead battery on your hands. The car battery is the source of power for the lights and all accessories in your vehicle. If everything is dead, then it’s time to call a friend to pick you up and take you to buy a new battery.