You’ve probably noticed that your car’s battery has a shorter lifespan than you expected. You don’t have to keep replacing it, though! With some preventative care tips brought to you by Jay’s Roadside Assistance serving car owners throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and the Miami-Dade areas of South Florida, you can extend the life of your vehicle’s battery by several years. Here are five signs that indicate it’s time to replace your car battery:
Does your car just not seem to start as easily as you expect it to?
The first thing to do is check your battery cables. If they’re corroded or worn, then you might need a new set of cables. Next, check the terminals where you connect your battery cable and make sure they are clean and tight. If not, get a wrench and tighten them up as much as possible before moving on to the next step: inspecting your alternator for any signs of damage or wear and tear (such as cracks).
If everything else checks out okay and there aren’t any obvious issues with the car’s wiring system or starting components, it’s time to move on to check out the starter itself. Remove it from the car (if possible) and make sure that no wires have been frayed or cut due to age or damage caused by other parts inside your engine bay rubbing against each other over time; if so then replace them before reinstalling everything back into place again! Finally comes testing whether it was actually something wrong with this specific component rather than just being an overall electrical issue; this means disconnecting one side of each terminal at least once per day for three days straight until (hopefully!) nothing else seems wrong besides maybe needing some lubrication done soon after all these steps have been taken care of correctly.*
When your battery is more than five years old.
When your battery is more than five years old.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to the condition of your car battery until it fails to start your engine—and that may be because the average lifespan of a battery is about five years. Like tires, batteries wear out over time, so they should be tested every year to ensure they’re ready for use if needed. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road and need emergency services, Jay’s Roadside Assistance can usually get to you in less than half the time it takes AAA or other roadside assistance services. And, Jay’s fleet of service vehicles carries a wide assortment of the most popular battery sizes at competitive prices to get you on your way quickly.
If you notice a bubbling under the plastic casing, it’s time to replace the battery.
If you notice a bubbling under the plastic casing, it’s time to replace the battery. If you see bubbles on top of the battery, this could mean that your car is leaking fluids and needs immediate attention.
Check the terminals regularly for cracks or corrosion.
If you’re checking the terminals, look for signs of corrosion or wear and tear. Corrosion means that the battery has been in use for a long time and needs to be replaced. If the wires are dirty or covered in corrosion, clean them with baking soda and water before reattaching them to the terminal posts. This simple procedure can help add years to your battery’s life.
If you notice any cracks in your battery terminals, it’s time to replace your car’s battery! Batteries don’t last forever—you should replace yours every couple of years if possible.
If your dashboard lights flicker, this is a sign that your battery is about to fail.
If your dashboard lights flicker, this is one sign that your battery is about to fail. Other signs include:
- Your car won’t start when you turn the key
- The engine hesitates or fails to start after it has been running for a while (this can be caused by sulfation)
Jay’s Roadside Assistance can test your battery with a multimeter and quickly see if the results indicate that it is failing.
Before you head out on a long road trip, make sure you know when your battery was last replaced or tested
When you’re in the market for a new car battery, it’s important to know how you can prolong its lifespan. If you’re not already familiar with the basics of car battery maintenance, here are some tips:
- Regularly check and test your battery. Try it once a month—if the engine turns over but doesn’t start up right away, or if the headlights dim when running down the road at night, or if they don’t turn on at all when pressing the brake pedal while stopped at an intersection with no traffic around (assuming you’ve got good brake lights). You may need to replace your old battery soon! Not only that, but there are many other things testers can tell us about our batteries—how well they’re holding up under normal conditions; whether they’re charged properly or not; whether there’s corrosion inside them causing damage (especially dangerous if this happens due to improper storage); etcetera…
Now that you know when to change your car’s battery, we hope this article has helped you feel more confident about the task at hand. Even if you’re not an expert on batteries, it’s an easy fix that can save you time and money in the long run. With these tips in mind, we’re sure that anyone can do it! And, if you find yourself stranded or in need of a new battery, give Jay’s Roadside Assistance a call 24/7 at (954) 305-0186