How do I know if there is a problem with my car battery?

Most of us dread the idea of our car not being able to start. When this does happen, it is usually a result of a bad battery. Your car battery is, undoubtedly, the most important part of your car, as it supplies the energy that the engine needs to get started. Therefore, it’s important to know when there is a fault.
Here’s how you can tell when there is something wrong with your car battery:

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How do I know when something is wrong with the battery?

If your car doesn’t start, or it starts very slowly, it signifies that there is something wrong with the battery. Most cars also have a sign on the dashboard that will flash red if there is a battery fault. The older the car battery is, the more likely something will go wrong.

If you have noticed that there is something wrong with your battery, you should get in touch with a professional straight away. Contact Sweeney’s garage for expert car battery replacement.

How to avoid problems with your battery

In winter, there is a greater risk that your battery may fail. This is because your engine requires more energy to start, and the performance of your battery drops as the temperatures lower. Therefore, although it is not always the case, many battery problems occur during the winter months.

To avoid problems with your battery, here are some things you can do:

  • Never leave your car parked with its lights or radio on.
  • Try not to use the car for short distances, as the battery requires a 30-35km trip to recharge.
  • Contact a professional as soon as you experience battery problems.
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How often should I change my battery

Although it can be difficult to know when to change your battery, it does lose performance over time. Its lifetime depends on a number of factors, however, on average, the lifetime of a car battery is about 4 to 6 years.

My battery is empty. What do I do?

You need two things to restart a battery: another car and jumper cables. Open both bonnets and link the jump cables to both batteries, making sure that the positive is connected to positive and negative is connected to negative. Run the engine on the good battery and the car should start. However, this is just a short-term solution.

Check your car battery today

Get in touch with our car battery experts today at Sweeney’s Garage to check your car battery and to get a replacement car battery with a 2-year warranty.