The battery is the lifeline of your car. They are easy to be taken care of yet can be a pain in the neck when they start dying. They do give some signs before kicking the bucket. If one knows how to read the signs, one can save a valuable amount of time. Below are some signs that you should watch out for, to detect a dying battery.
Swelled up batteries
A bulging out battery might not be fit to be used. While many reasons can make a battery swell up, too much heat is a major one. Batteries also get swelled up due to excessive charge. This runs the risk of battery blow-out. Car Service Hartlepool always makes sure that your batteries are charged up to the required limit. A simple rule of thumb is to get your batteries checked the moment you notice any issues like starting problems or breakdowns.
The smell factor
In case the battery of your car smells like rotten eggs or sulphur or you find it foul, your battery might be at risk. The leakage may be because of many factors such as old age, external damage cetera. Bottom line is, get your battery checked immediately.
The chills of winter
Cold weather is your Achille’s heel of your battery. In temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, its performance can go down by as much as 35 per cent. Despite this, your battery keeps on performing at its optimum level, leaving it drained and exhausted. If batteries are not charged completely, they might freeze to death below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Such a battery is called an “electrically dead” battery. It becomes almost impossible to revive such batteries. They need to be replaced.
Corrosion on the terminals of the battery is responsible for battery failures. The corrosion makes it possible for the acid to leak out and hardens on its surface. This issue can simply be avoided by cleaning your batteries with a brush at regular intervals.
The power provided to the headlights of your car is supplied by battery only. When there is not enough power in your battery, your headlights will bear the brunt. This is generally the first indication of weakening batteries. Before the situation gets worse, get your battery checked.
Except for electric car batteries, the majority of batteries have a lifespan of four to five years. Even if your battery is not showing any of the above-mentioned signs, do get it checked. Most of the time, we don’t take the pains of checking all the warning signs. If you don’t want to get stuck in the middle of a road, get it replaced after every four-five years.
The good old battery warning light.
In this fast-paced life, more often than not, we forget the due date to get our battery checked. It is also sometimes an arduous task to check for all the physical warning signs. The battery warning light, right on your dashboard, comes to our rescue in such times. The moment you notice it blinking, get your engine checked ASAP.