You need the battery to be able to start your car. That is it’s primary purpose along with providing power to the electronic components throughout the vehicle (stereo, lights, power windows/doors, electric power steering, etc.). If the battery dies or is growing weaker, you will likely notice some telltale signs.
The average 12-volt car battery will last 5 to 7 years before it needs to be replaced. Depending on your automotive care and other factors, it may last longer or it may die sooner. If you leave the car sitting unused for long periods of time or drive a lot in cold weather, it will drain the battery. Sometimes, you may just need a jump start to get it going and then the alternator will keep it recharging as you drive. However, all batteries ultimately begin to start loosing their charging capacity and eventually it will need to be replaced.
Here are a few signs of a dying car battery, according to the auto repair experts at LightHouse Automotive in Colorado Springs:
1. Car Struggling to Start
If the vehicle isn’t starting or seems slow to fire up, then it’s often the battery that’s the problem. It may be time for a new battery.
2. Flickering/Dimming Lights
Another common sign of a weakening battery is that the interior lights may appear more dim than usual or they might flicker when you are starting the car or when the car is idling.
3. Dashboard Warning Light
Most vehicles will have a specific light to warn you when there is a battery problem. If you notice it illuminated, you should get your battery tested as soon as possible.
4. Electrical Malfunctions
If your power windows or door locks don’t seem to be working consistently or there are any other weird things happening with your electronics, it might be the battery or there could be some other electrical issue (such as a wiring problem) worth getting checked out.
Another thing you can do is physically look at the car’s battery. If there is a lot of corrosion around the connection points or any leaking fluid, that’s cause for concern.
The last thing you want is to be stranded with a dead car battery. If you notice signs of a dying or weakening battery, bring your car into LightHouse Automotive for a battery test. If it needs to be replaced, we can handle it for you along with any other electrical repairs that may be recommended.
Call LightHouse Automotive today at (719) 465-0302 or schedule your service appointment online.