Well, the most obvious sign that indicates you need a new battery, is if your battery is dead and your car won’t start. If you’re having trouble starting your car, if it takes more than one attempt to get started, you might want to think about getting a new battery. Below, you will find different ways in testing your battery, to see if you do in fact need a new battery!
The most common way to test your car battery, is to use what is called an electronic tester, which is available in most automotive stores; a tech will hook up a tester to your car, and take a snap shot of your battery. This will help show your battery’s condition, and will indicate whether or not you need a new battery; this should be done every time you have an oil change.
The next step is to look at the battery; the battery itself will help give you a better idea of its condition. For example, think back at the last time you bought the battery, age is a huge contributor in the functionality of your battery. Next, take a look at your driving, for example, short trips and long periods of inactivity can drain out your battery’s life.
Take a look at the physical appearance of your battery; is there any stains, signs of corrosion, or any other buildup? If so there might have been a leak, indicating it’s time for a new battery.
This may sound a little strange, but smell your battery, if you are smelling something similar to rotten eggs or burning, you might want to think about a new battery!
Evaluating your battery every now and then can help save you from being stranded in the middle of nowhere!
If you do find that you need a new battery, give Batteries Unlimited a call today at 508-752-8777; our technicians will help you find the right battery for your car!