Most vehicle batteries can last up to five years with proper attention and care. If you want yours to last that long, it is important for you to know what causes your car battery to decline and the signs that it will show when it needs a replacement.
The Cause of the Declining Battery
There are a few things that can kill your battery's lifespan. Knowing what these things are can help prevent you from doing it to your very own. These factors include:
- Harsh weather - Hot weather can break down a battery quickly by evaporating the acid inside it.
- Overworking the Battery - This is a general term for battery misuse. While some of these scenarios can be accidents, like leaving your lights on overnight, it can also be intentional, like plugging multiple devices to charge simultaneously. Whatever you do, you don't want to overwork your battery. Your battery needs time to recharge.
- Shakiness - Sudden movements can loosen your battery and its connections over time, causing the battery to deteriorate faster.
Signs That You Need to Replace Your Battery
Below are the signs to look out for that indicate you need to change your battery soon.
- You heavily rely on the jumper cables to jump-start your car
- Your headlights are dim
- You notice changes in your vehicle's power output
- You have trouble starting your car
- A battery warning light shows up on the dashboard
If you have experienced any of the signs above, please bring your car to Euro Car Tech for a battery test. Our technicians can let you know whether it's time for a new battery and estimate how much it could cost you. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment online with us today.