A Car Battery Lasts Three to Four Years

If your car, truck, or UV’s battery is older than three years old, is on its way out. York Tire & Auto Service can replace the old battery when it dies. Thankfully, most car batteries will give you warning signs that they need to be replaced before they die completely. Let’s talk about these warning signs below.

Battery Light On the Dash

You have a battery light on the dashboard that will turn on if the battery is having a problem. Do not panic if it turns on when you first start your automobile. This is normal. What isn’t normal is if the battery light does not turn off quickly. If it remains illuminated, your battery is going bad.

The Engine Cranks a Lot

Another sign that your battery is dying is an engine that cranks a lot before it starts. You should hear a couple of cranks when you first turn the ignition key or press the start button, but your car should crank over and over again before firing up. If it does, you likely need a new battery.

There Are Electrical Problems

The battery helps the alternator supply the electrical accessories with electricity. Consequently, if the battery is going bad, you will start to have electrical problems. For example, you may find it hard to see at night because the headlights are dim. You may also have malfunctioning power accessories.

The Terminals Are Corroded

It’s a good idea to check your battery every once in a while to make sure that the terminals are not corroded. If they are, this is a sign that the battery is leaking battery acid. Anytime the battery starts to leak battery acid, you need to replace it because the acid can damage other engine parts.

You Can Smell Rotten Eggs

Another sign that your battery is leaking battery acid is the smell of rotten eggs. You may not know this but the acid inside of your car’s battery is sulfuric acid. If you know anything about sulfuric acid, you know that it smells like rotten eggs. Replace the battery if you could smell rotten eggs in the engine.

The Case Is Cracked/Misshapen

Finally, your battery relies on a chemical reaction that occurs inside of it. If this chemical reaction goes bad, it can actually change the shape of the battery case. It can warp it or make it bubble. It can also crack the case. You definitely need to replace the battery if the case has a problem.

As we mentioned above, York Tire & Auto Service in Red Lion, PA, can take care of your car’s battery for you, so call us today.

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