When your car battery starts acting up, it can be a sign of battery problems. Here are 5 signs your battery is dying:
A Slow-Starting Engine
If you've noticed that your car takes longer than usual to start up, it might be time for a new battery. The battery is the power source for the starter motor, so if it is not working, the engine will not start.
Dim Lights or Headlights Are Slow To Turn On
If your car dome light doesn't brighten at all, or if it looks dim when you turn the key, it could be a sign of a dying battery. Likewise, if your headlights are slow to pop on after starting the engine, this can be another indicator of trouble.
Battery Is More Than Three Years
Old batteries are the most common cause of car problems, so measure how old yours are. If you have a standard wet cell car battery, like you would find in most cars, trucks, and SUVs from the last few decades, there will be a sticker on top with a code printed. You can find out exactly how old your battery is by looking up that code online or taking it into an auto parts store for help.
Check Engine Light Is On
If the check engine light comes on, the car computer likely detected a problem. This light can warn you of several common issues, including:
- A failing alternator (the component responsible for charging your battery and maintaining its charge).
- Failing oxygen sensors (which control fuel efficiency).
If a diagnostic test cannot find the problem, it's best to replace the battery. If you have any questions about this process, consult a mechanic before making any repairs yourself.
Fast Clicking Noises
If you hear fast-clicking noises when you turn the key in the ignition, it is one of the signs of a dying or dead car battery. It's also a sign that your current car battery may be faulty.
If you need a car battery replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Turner Auto Care today!