Your car battery is like the heart of the car. You can’t move or go anywhere without it, at least not very far. It is important to keep a close eye on your car battery to watch for any signs of trouble. Although manufacturers mark the battery with the expected lifespan when you buy it things can still happen that will affect that, such as the weather, the amount you drive, and even the not so common problem, a faulty battery.
By checking your car battery every time you check the oil will be an important factor in helping to potentially save you money on costs and wear and tear on your car in the future. The car battery replacement cost will be far more beneficial than waiting for your battery to completely die. One of the most obvious reasons is that you could be somewhere, away from home, that will leave you stranded and forced to get a tow. So in addition to a car battery replacement cost you can add towing and a lot of wasted time.
A low battery will often give you signs to watch for. One of the most common signs will be a slow engine crank. Does it seem like the car is taking longer to start? Or worse case scenario, do you have to stop and crank the car a second or third time before it will start? This can place additional pressure on the car, eventually leading to other issues such as the additional strain on the alternator.
Some additional signs of a low battery can be the check engine light, low battery fluid, a swelling battery case due to excessive heat, leaking, and age of the battery.
Remember to continue to monitor your battery and make your checkups more frequent the older the battery gets. This can help prevent additional damage, from being done to the car that could have been prevented with a simple battery replacement.
Have you checked your car battery lately? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at theWrench, Ltd. Car Care Center today for more information about car battery replacement costs and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Silverdale, WA, and the surrounding area.