How to know if your car battery is going bad

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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Signs of a Bad Car Battery

­The car battery plays a vital role in the function of your vehicle. Keeping everything powered up, it is what allows all the electrical components to continue working as they should. Most of the time you’ll be able to tell if the battery is going bad before it actually dies. Take a look at some tips and tricks below for some signs of a bad car battery!

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If your battery is getting old, then it’s undoubtedly going to start causing problems for you sooner or later. For a battery that has been manufactured more than 4 years ago, it’s going to start experiencing some issues which means it’s time to start looking for a new one before the old one completely dies.

Manufacturing Defect

As frustrating as it may sound, sometimes car batteries can die for no reason. It can be due to something like a factory defect, which means that even jumper cables or a portable battery charger won’t do anything.

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Corrosion

Corrosion will occur when moisture has built up on the battery and its terminals, which is a pretty clear indicator that the battery is only getting worse with time. If you notice corrosion, you can try scrubbing it off with a brush and battery cleaning solution, but this may only be a short-term solution.

Weather

You may notice that in extremely cold temperatures, your car has a harder time starting. Constant exposure to low temperatures can mean bad news for your battery, so if it still has a slower time starting up when it warms up outside, consider shopping for a new car battery.

Sometimes the battery isn’t the problem, and it can be something else like the alternator giving you troubles. Either way, if you think it’s time to get a new car battery or get some maintenance services done, be sure to get in touch with the team here at McDaniels Porsche!

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