Often, car owners tend to forget about their battery until it’s four years into its life, and all of the sudden, it dies on them. We get it, there are so many things to remember maintenance-wise with your vehicle. But, even if you forget to keep track of the dates, paying attention to a few signs and doing a couple of easy tests can lower your chances of being stranded with a dead battery.
Some common symptoms to watch for when on the lookout for a dead battery are slow engine cranking and problems with starting the car (especially in cold weather), issues with the sound system, and dimming headlights. If you find yourself having to jump-start your car more often or experiencing any of these signs, it might be time to do a check-up on your battery.
An easy way to do this at home is to test your headlights. To do this, turn on the engine of your parked car and make sure the headlights are on. Rev the engine and watch your headlights. Is the brightness changing? If they get brighter, that means the current of electricity from your battery isn’t strong enough to keep the normal brightness consistent while the car is idle. From there, you can bring your car to us at Honest Wrenches where we can further investigate your battery’s health.
We can help you with the most accurate way to test your battery. Our technicians will hook an electronic tester to the battery in your car, and it will tell us the battery’s condition and indicate whether it needs to be replaced. Sometimes a weak battery is a sign of another problem with your vehicle, so we’ll check things out to make sure you’re in the clear. This battery test should be part of your routine maintenance and can be done when you get your oil changed.
As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions or concerns about your battery, visit us or give us a call.