A car battery acts as your vehicle’s live, beating heart. Take it away and you’re left with pretty much just a hunk of metal for a ride. With that said, there’s really no need to delve further into the reasons why a battery is essential to any automobile. The topic that’s really worth talking about is how to tell if your battery already needs a replacement. We list the most common telltale signs below.
Telltale Sign #1: Everything’s dead.
Your engine won’t start, the lights won’t work, and none of your car’s accessories will be usable if your car battery is going bad. Simple enough, eh? It shouldn’t be tough to diagnose, although keep in mind that such a problem may also be caused by the alternator or a mix of battery and alternator issues.
Telltale Sign #2: Engine turns over but won’t start.
When engine failure arises, car owners are often confused whether to blame the problem on battery, the starter, or the alternator. If it’s a case of your engine being able to turn over but not being able to start, then there’s a very good chance that it’s the battery that’s at fault. Should that be the cause, you’ll require the services of either a jump-starter box or jumper cables since your battery needs several volts to power your ride sufficiently. Once your vehicle gets going, leave the engine running for at least 20-30 minutes before turning it off. Turn it on again after about a minute or two. With a bit of luck and divine providence, it’ll hopefully still run. Do this a few more times to ensure that your battery is still somehow in working condition. But even if you still got it to work, you shouldn’t put off purchasing a battery. You see, what happened to your engine is an indication that you should be shopping for a new one. Check out stores such as The Battery Guys or A1 Battery Pro for quality replacements.
Telltale Sign #3: You have an intermittent engine.
If your engine seemed fine a minute ago and now it isn’t, then you’re most likely dealing with an intermittent engine. Such an issue is caused by either a parasitic battery drain or loose, rusty, or broken terminals. The first thing you should do is to inspect the battery cables (check if they are secured tightly) since you can do that on your own. Replace them if they’re no longer in good condition. As for the scenario of a parasitic battery drain, it’s best to seek the help of a professional so that the problem will be diagnosed correctly.
Telltale Sign #4: You’re regularly encountering difficulty with starting your car.
If it regularly (multiple times a week) takes more effort and time to get your car running in the morning, then you may have a faulty battery on hand, which means it’s time to buy a new one. It’s relatively normal to have a bit of difficulty to get your ride going on cold days, but you shouldn’t be having this problem come summertime and the like.