Is It Time To Replace Your Battery?
A battery is an electric storage device that powers all the electronic functions on your vehicle, making it one of the most critical systems. Monitoring your battery and having it inspected annually is highly recommended. The best time to replace your battery is before the battery lifespan is up. But how do you know it’s time to replace the battery if it’s not dead—yet?
A few common warning signs of a weak battery:
- Slow engine crank
- Illuminated check engine light
- Bloated, misshaped battery case
- Battery fluid leak
- Corrosion on the battery
Generally, you should replace your car battery about every three years, but many factors can influence its lifespan.
When you step outside on a super-hot day, you’re at risk of becoming dehydrated. The same is true for your car’s battery.
Like our bodies, car batteries rely on liquids to keep moving. The intense heat of summer can lead to evaporation of water in your car’s battery acid, resulting in decreased performance, subpar starting power, and a shortened lifespan. Furthermore, scorching temperatures can also do a number on the guts of your battery. When the heat rises and the water in your battery evaporates, the likelihood and speed of corrosion increase, and corrosion is one of the leading causes of battery drainage and malfunctions. Extreme cold can drain your battery as well, your battery must work harder to generate enough energy to keep your engine running smoothly.
If you are having battery issues, give Granite Reef Service Center a call to schedule an appointment and one of our automotive techs will gladly checkout your battery. If you are in need of a new one, we will install an Interstate Battery, America’s #1 Battery.