A dead car battery is more than a technical hassle – it can interrupt your whole day – especially if you can't find your jumper cables or have to wait for roadside assistance.
Your battery works with the starter and alternator to reliably power your car whenever you turn the key. At some point, you'll likely need to replace your vehicle's battery during its life. But just like on a battery, there's a positive side to this too! We've got you covered whenever you need a battery check or replacement.
Most batteries are "maintenance-free," but it’s a good idea to have a load test performed on your battery every two years. Battery testing should be a part of routine maintenance, but there are specific times when it makes the most sense.
The life of a normal car battery ranges 3-5 years, so keep an eye on the time and you’ll have a better idea of how long your battery has left. Here are a few hints that may tip you off to a worn-out battery:
Engine takes a long time to crank
Check engine or battery light comes on
Battery smells like rotten eggs (yuck!)
Headlights are dimmer than usual
Car won't start and makes clicking sound when turning key (a single click may be indicative of starter issues)
Batteries come in many sizes, and manufacturers are changing and developing new batteries every year. Your vehicle's Battery information should be in your owner’s manual, but we know how confusing those things can be. Our team, however, are experts at this and can help guide you through the process!
We'll get you hooked up with the battery your car needs. If you're not sure if you're experiencing battery problems or something else, we can perform load testing to be sure whether your battery is on its way out or not. Come by your nearest Brakes Plus – we'll be amped up (see what we did there?) to see you!