There nothing quite so disheartening as putting your key in your ignition and having nothing happen. You try once, twice, three times, and finally get a jump just so you can get where you’re going. Then the same thing happens when you try to come home. This is one of the worst feelings in the world and could have been avoided if you had changed your battery sooner.
Here are a few warning signs you can be aware of so that you can change your battery out before you get stranded somewhere.
Slow Engine Crank
Starting your car takes a lot of power, and that power comes strictly from the battery. Once the car is started, the alternator keeps the battery charged and replaces whatever power is used, but the initial jolt comes from the battery. If your cars cranking sounds slower than normal, have your battery tested. Once power falls too low the car won’t crank at all.
Most cars have a warning light on the dashboard that will tell them when problems arise with the battery. Don’t ignore the warning. It could mean something wrong with the battery or a more serious problem with the electrical system.
Swollen Battery Case
A battery is basically a chemical reaction in a plastic box. If you’ve ever watched a chemistry class you know that sometimes things can go wrong. Excessive heat or cold can cause the fluids and gases inside the battery to expand meaning the case will swell.
Most car batteries have a shelf life of about 5 years. This time frame can vary depending on driving conditions, user errors, temperature exposure, and a number of other factors, but 5 years is the average. Change your battery at this interval.
When a battery has been frozen, overcharged, or is shortened internally it generally vents gases that smell like rotten eggs. If you detect an odor like rotten eggs get your battery inspected as soon as possible.
These are just a few of the warning signs that you may need a new battery. Come down to Redman Toll Chevrolet of Springfield and take advantage of their AC Delco Battery special today. You’ll be glad you did.