Many drivers take their car battery for granted. If you’re like most people, you go out to your car and expect it to turn over without any problem. When your car battery ages, it may not hold a charge as well, making it more difficult to start your car. If you pay attention and get your battery tested before it completely depletes itself, you can save yourself a lot of stress and time. Bring your battery to AutoZone to have it tested to decide whether you need a new battery or whether you can charge your current battery. Find PPE on sale when you’re there for your protection.
Signs Your Battery Has Gone Bad
Don’t wait until your car dies to think about your battery. If you see any of these signs, you may have a problem:
- Dim headlights
- Engine turning over slower than normal
- Clicks when you try to start your car
- Bad odor when starting your car
- Corroded battery terminals
- Check engine light comes on
- Electrical components don’t work
- Bulging battery case
- Old age
Some of these issues can indicate other problems but check the most obvious reason first. The check engine light can come on for multiple reasons, so you may need to look a little deeper. When the electrical components start to go haywire, it’s easy to think that it’s something complicated. Check the battery first. It’s like your keyless remote battery replacement. At the first signs of weirdness, it’s probably a battery problem.
Car batteries have their age listed on them, so it’s easy to check the age of your battery. If it’s more than four years old, it might be time for replacement. At the very least, have it tested to know if the cells are completely gone or if you can get few more months out of your battery.
DIY Car Battery Replacement Or Have Your Mechanic Do It?
Removing a car battery isn’t difficult, you can do it even if you arn’t a mechanic. You need to loosen the terminals and the nut to take the battery out of your car. The thing to consider is safety. If the battery is bulging or very corroded, you want to make sure that your skin doesn’t come in contact with the battery acid. Gloves and safety gear, such as goggles and long sleeves, should be worn. Batteries can be heavy, so make sure that you can lift it out without tipping the battery over. Use the instructions in your owner’s manual to remove the terminals in the correct order and to be safe.
Where To Bring Your Car For A Battery Replacement
Whether you need battery testing or charging, AutoZone can help you. Technicians can help you buy a replacement battery that fits your vehicle and your driving needs just as easy as buying a replacement key fob. Check your car battery for a warranty, either through your car’s manufacturer or the battery manufacturer. You may get a small discount if the warranty is still in place.
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