When You Should Replace Your Car Battery

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Written By Nicklaus Frost

Your car’s battery is an integral part of its starting system. It provides power that helps to start your car and then acts as your vehicle’s surge protector to protect its computer. Finally, it provides power for things you may need when your engine is off, such as your wipers, GPS, or stereo. When your battery doesn’t work, your car won’t go anywhere. There are signs to watch for that help you determine when it’s time to replace your car’s battery.

Dimming Lights

Do your car’s headlines seem like they aren’t as bright as they used to be? That’s not a trick on your eyes but instead a good indicator that it’s about time to replace your vehicle’s battery. This is because the car can’t provide enough juice in the Chevrolet R10 Suburban battery to keep the lights as bright as they should be. 

Frequent Jump Starts

When your 2005 Toyota Celica battery stops working, you can usually provide some juice to it by having it jumped. Often a car needs a jump start because the driver forgot to turn off the interior lights, left the radio running too long, or left the car dormant for a long period of time. However, if you don’t often do these things but still find that you need your car jumped before you leave in the morning or after going to the grocery store, it could be because the battery needs to be replaced. Keep in mind, too, that frequent jump starting can cause damage to your starter and alternator, which are more expensive repairs. If you’re jumping your vehicle a lot, take the leap and get a new battery. 

The Engine Starts Slowly or Cranks But Doesn’t Start 

Have you noticed that your engine cranks more than it used to before it starts? It could be because the battery is dying and doesn’t allow the engine to hold as much charge as it used to. It’s even worse if you find your engine is cranking but doesn’t start at all. The battery may not be providing any voltage to the engine when it needs it. If the problem is just starting, recharging your battery may be all you need to do. However, if it’s a recurring problem, then it’s probably time to completely replace your battery. 

You Notice Corrosion on the Battery

Even if your battery doesn’t need to be jumped and isn’t causing issues with the other components of your vehicle, it may need to be replaced. Consider how much corrosion you see on your 2007 Toyota Camry battery. Corrosion buildup is normal but should be cleaned regularly with a rust cleaner. When the corrosion gets too far into the connection parts, then cleaning it is too late. You’ll need to replace the entire battery then. 

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