It is pretty common to see that a lot of people wait for their car batteries to die to finally get a new one. But when such a situation occurs, they get all panicked because you never know when the battery could die. You may probably be in an emergency situation or are on a road trip or probably heading to some important meeting and your cars battery dies. I’m sure none of you would want that. Here are some of the ways if followed, could avoid you to have a dead car battery.
- Battery’s Age
Some cars require batteries that only last for 3 to 5 years. And this is important for you to know so that you can replace the battery before it dies out on you. Whenever you purchase a battery, make sure you keep the receipt with you so that you are aware of the next purchase of the battery.
Another way to figure out whether your battery should be replaced or not is by checking out its age. This can be done when you open the hood of the car and check whether the battery has a removable sticker on it on which underneath, the date is mentioned. That is the date which could guide you about the battery age.
Sometimes, the age and warning signs of a dying battery do not go hand in hand which is why you need to look out for signs that could enlighten you whether it’s time to replace the battery or not. Notice when you start the ignition of the car, the engine cracks slowly. This is one of the biggest signs against which you should immediately get your battery checked as you will be needing to get a new battery.
Another sign for checking the battery life is to switch on the headlights of the car when the engine isn’t on. If the headlights look very dim, this could be a sign as to whether the battery is about the end. However, there are times where your car battery will die without reflecting any signs.
- Free Battery Test
Most auto parts store offer a Free battery Test service and not only that, there are various mobile applications which allow you to test the battery and give you a guideline as to how long the battery will survive and when should you get the battery replaced.
- Replace before it isstranded
If your battery is unable to pass the free battery test, or is cranking when starting the car, its time you need to replace it right away. Go visit a technician who will guide you what the battery needs.