Three Signs That You Need To Check Your Battery

Over the course of your car’s lifespan, your battery will start to lose its charge and ability to start your car. If you are not careful, your battery could lose its charge and you might be stuck on the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck to save you. The best way to make sure you avoid these potentially stressful situations is to listen to your car and to watch for the signs that your battery might be losing its charge. If you want to make sure that your battery and all of your car’s electronics are working to their full potential, come into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today. There are three easy to spot signs that your car’s battery could be losing its charge.

Dim Headlights

One of the most visible signs that your battery is losing its charge is if you have noticeably dimmer headlights. It may be difficult to tell during the day, so if you think that your battery might be losing its charge, the best way to test your headlight’s strength is to try turning them on at night. You can take your car for a quick drive down the street to test your nighttime visibility. If your battery has lost enough charge, you will notice all the lights in your car from your dashboard lights to your interior lights dimming. If you’ve noticed any lights in your car becoming less intense than you are used to, chances are that your battery has lost charge. Just because your battery has lost its charge doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to replace your battery with a new one. If your battery is still in good shape you could just need a battery recharge.

Slow Engine Start-up

Another clear sign that your battery has begun to lose its charge is if your car is having a hard time turning over and starting up. If it takes more than a second for your car to start up once you turn the ignition, there are a few things that could be happening to your engine. If the issues are happening in the morning when your engine is cold, a weak battery or faulty electrical system is probably the culprit.  If you are having trouble starting your car back up when the engine is hot, the problem I most likely a faulty starter or a battery struggling to hold its charge.

Battery Leakage

Your battery can act up in a number of different ways, especially if you don’t drive your car every day. If you have noticed any battery acid leaking or any corrosion happening on your battery, you need to clean it off or have it cleaned by a professional. Any battery acid leaking out will cause a problem over time and can even lead to serious mechanical issues if left untreated.

If you have noticed any loss of battery power or any other issue with your car, you need to choose the right service technician to help you get back on the road. Our experienced teams of certified automotive service experts at each Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers are among the best in the industry. Let our service technicians help you get your car running smoothly, by coming in for repairs, the same day.