You’re about to get in the car, with just enough time to make it to work, when suddenly you put your key in the ignition and it won’t start. You try as you might, but nothing will happen. It means your battery is dead, and you aren’t sure you have enough time to call a friend to get your car jumped. We’ve all been there at least once, but don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of warning signs to keep you red alert for the next time this happens so you can avoid this situation.
6 Signs Your Battery May Need to Be Replaced:
- Slow Engine Crank:
When you put the key in your car’s ignition and turn it, the battery alone starts the engine. So if the battery is on its last legs, you may notice that the engine cranks slower than usual. It’s important that you pick up on that warning sign, as often, you’ll only get one shot at a slow start before the engine refuses to crank again.
- Dashboard Warning Light:
When the battery is going bad, your car will tell you with a light that appears on the dashboard. For most vehicles, this is in the shape of a battery, but sometimes the check engine light may appear as well relating other problems that could result due to the battery’s ineffectiveness. Be sure to pay attention to these warning lights as they come on and read your car manual as to their meanings or what to do about it.
- Low battery fluid level:
Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s transparent enough so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. If the fluid level is below the lead plates, then it’s time to get it replaced.
- A Swollen Battery Case:
Sometimes the chemical reactions occurring inside of a battery can be disrupted due to excessive exposure to hot and cold temperatures. This causes the flat sides of the battery case to bulge, or swell outwards. An example of this happening is when a car isn’t driven in a while and is left outside exposed to extreme weather patterns. In this case, the battery will most definitely need to be replaced.
- Weird Smells/Battery Leak:
If you start to smell something that’s similar to rotten eggs, there could be two problems going on. Your battery could be leaking, it could have shorted internally, or could be venting out gas. Sulfuric acid can cause a lot of problems to other parts under the hood, so if this smell comes your way, you better get your car checked out as soon as possible.
- Old age:
The average car battery may last up to five years depending on how well it’s taken care of. If you have had your battery for a long time, or aren’t sure of the date it was put into your car, it may be wise to have it tested to see how much life it has left.
The more you know about your car, the safer you are and the better off your vehicle becomes. Keep an eye out for these warning signs in case there’s a potential need for a battery replacement. Then, give us a call at Integrity Automotive 317-573-0107 and we will get your car taken care of. We always appreciate being your first choice in automotive care.