Your car's battery is obviously very important. Without it, your car won't run at all. It powers the ignition system, lights and all electronic components. And the last thing you want is to be stranded because your old battery ran out of juice.
In some cases, a battery can be jumpstarted and recharged. Or, the connections could just need a good cleaning. Ultimately, however, your battery will lose power over time and it may need to be replaced. If you think you are having car battery issues, you can bring it into Simard Automotive any time. We'll perform an inspection and battery tests to let you know how it's working. If it needs to be recharged or replaced, we've got you covered.
So, how can you tell when your battery is starting to lose power? Well, there are several common symptoms you can look for. Here are some signs that your battery is getting weak:
Check Battery Light
This is the most obvious one. If you see the "check battery" light illuminated on your dashboard, then it means something is potentially wrong with your battery. It's best to get this checked out by an auto repair expert who can run tests and diagnostics in order to determine the root of the problem.
Dim Lights or Malfunctioning Electronics
If your dashboard lights and/or headlights seem dimmer than usual, or your electronic components (radio, power windows, etc.) don't seem to be working properly, it is usually a sign of weakened battery power.
Car Slow to Start
If you turn the key (or press the "start" button on newer vehicles) and it takes a long time for the engine to turn over, it could be a sign of a battery issue. It could be something else, as well, so it's worth getting checked out.
Car Won't Start at All
This is obviously a big problem that could be battery-related or something else. You can usually tell if it's a dead battery if nothing at all turns on in the car (lights, radio, etc.). If all the electronics are on the car won't start, it may be something else you need to have inspected.
Corroded Battery Connections
If you look at your battery and see that there's a lot of corrosion or rust around the connections or cables, it may be a sign of a battery issue. Connections can be cleaned and cables can be replaced, but often you'll need a whole new battery if something is leaking to cause this corrosion.
These are some of the ways you can tell if your vehicle might have a bad battery. For all your Fairbanks battery testing, repair, recharge or replacement needs, count on the auto repair experts at Simard Automotive. We have two shops to serve you, so call today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Ave. shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Rd. shop), or schedule your service appointment online.