When you own a vehicle, you will want to make sure it is in the best condition possible when you drive. In order to help improve the safety and reliability of it, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. One part that we will inspect is the battery. Without a battery, the vehicle cannot operate or even start. Most batteries can last from two to five years, depending on what driving conditions you have. If you have had the same battery for more than five years, it may be time to replace it. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can test the battery to see how the charge is.
If the battery is wearing out, there will be some signs. One of the most obvious signs that the battery is wearing out is by the warning light. If the battery light illuminates on the dashboard, it is an indication that there is an issue with the battery. If the warning light starts to flash, make sure to pull over as soon as you can. A flashing light can mean that the battery is dying and may go out at any moment.
Another sign that the battery is starting to die is if the vehicle has trouble starting or does not start at all. When turning the key to attempt to start the vehicle, you might hear a noise that sounds like clicking. This is an indication that the battery is dead. If you do not hear a clicking noise, it may be the starter or alternator of the vehicle. Try to start the vehicle by the use of jumper cables. If the vehicle still will not start, it is the battery. If you notice an issue with the battery, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. This way you can have a reliable vehicle when you need to drive.