car battery replacementComing out of a winter where temperatures can frequently dip below freezing, you may be wondering whether or not your car’s battery is going to need replacing. While the average car battery lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 years, many factors contribute to its lifespan. At Tommy’s Automotive, we routinely check our customer’s car batteries and can recommend replacement based on a few things.

Signs You Need a New Car Battery

No one wants to get left out in the cold – and a car battery can leave you stranded at home, at work, or somewhere in between. To ensure your vehicle doesn’t leave you without a ride, there are some things to pay attention to:

  • Slow Engine Crank. If you notice that your engine is slow to crank or struggles to start, it could be a sign of a weak or failing battery.
  • Dashboard Warning Lights. Some vehicles are equipped with battery warning lights on the dashboard. If you see the battery light illuminated while driving, it could indicate a problem with the battery or charging system.
  • Dimming Lights. Dimming headlights, interior lights, or dashboard lights can be a sign of a weak battery, especially when you turn on electrical accessories like the radio or air conditioning.
  • Electrical Issues. Problems with electrical components such as power windows, door locks, or the radio can sometimes be attributed to a failing battery.
  • Corrosion. If you can, check the battery terminals for signs of corrosion or buildup (our techs at Tommy’s can also check for corrosion). Corrosion can interfere with the battery’s ability to charge and may indicate that it’s time for a replacement.
  • Old Age. If your battery is approaching 3 to 5 years old, it may be nearing the end of its lifespan, even if it’s still functioning. Consider proactively replacing it to avoid unexpected failures.
  • Unusual Odor. A sulfurous or rotten egg smell near the battery could indicate a leak or internal damage, necessitating immediate replacement.
  • Visible Damage. Physical damage such as cracks, bulging, or leaking fluids from the battery casing are clear signs that it needs to be replaced.

Another thing to consider is where you live. Places with excess humidity or extreme temperatures (cold or hot) can affect the longevity of your car battery.

Tommy’s Offers Battery Check-Ups & Replacement

Not everyone knows how or wants to check their battery to ensure it is in good shape. At Tommy’s Automotive, we will gladly check your car’s battery to see just how much life is left. If a replacement is needed, we can recommend the best one for the best price. Schedule your routine check-up and car service today.