Most car batteries last between three and four years, depending on how often the car is started, how many miles you drive your car each year and the weather elements the battery is subjected to. When the battery dies, your car won't start and you will be stranded. However, the battery will often give off signs that it is nearing the end of its lifespan before it dies completely. Being able to identify these signs will help you know when it is time to replace your battery and prevent you from being stuck. Here are three signs your car's battery many be approaching the end of its life.
It Takes Awhile for Your Car to Start
One of the tell-tale signs that a battery is approaching the end of its life is the car taking a bit longer to start. When you turn the key in your ignition, your car should start right up. But when your car has to think for a couple seconds before the engine starts to run, the battery is likely dying. If you slowly notice your car taking a bit more time to start, it may be time to replace your car's battery.
You've Had to Jump Your Car Multiple Times Recently
Another sign that your car battery is nearing its death is not holding a charge. If you go to start your car and it won't start, you may need someone to jump you. This occasionally happens when you leave the lights in your car on or even leave too many chargers plugged into your car. But if you have had to have your car jumped two or three times in the past month, and you are positive you are not leaving your headlights or anything that drains power from the battery, your battery or alternator may be dying.
Your Battery Looks Rusted or Corroded
Salt from deicing a road and rain can cause a battery to become rusted or corroded. This can shorten the lifespan of the battery. If you look at the battery and it looks to be in bad shape, you should take the time to replace it.
If you think your battery may be nearing the end of its lifespan, AA Auto Tech in Hastings, MN can test your battery. Testing the battery is the best way to determine if the battery is the cause of the issues, or if something else, such as the alternator, is the cause. Once the problem is diagnosed, we can help you install a new battery or fix the problem, ensuring your car starts smoothly all the time. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.