Today’s vehicles have more electrical components than ever before! These components can really strain the electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. The more sophisticated your vehicle’s on-board computers are, the bigger the strain on its battery. Many new vehicles have powerful computers that are operating all the time, even when the vehicle itself is parked and switched off.
Fortunately, battery technology has given us resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. Batteries come in “good”, “better” and “best” grades. More expensive batteries may have a longer warranty and are guaranteed to last longer. Replacement batteries come in all shapes and sizes. Some vehicles have limited space that requires a specially shaped battery to fit. Larger engines require more powerful batteries to get them started. If you live in a cold climate you will need a more powerful battery because engines are more difficult to start when it is cold.
Batteries wear out over time and eventually get to the point where they cannot hold enough of a charge to start your vehicle. The following symptoms are indicative that you may need a replacement battery:
- Dimming headlights
- Frequent need to rev engine or jump start
- Takes longer to start the engine
- Unusual power fluctuations
- Your vehicle does not start at all
When was the last time you replaced your battery? Even if your vehicle’s battery is not having issues, it is important to replace it every 3-5 years. Whether your vehicle works as new or its lights and other electronic devices are starting to show signs of age, there is no bad time to check your battery’s condition. Head over to Old Town Auto Service and ask your service advisor to test the battery and advise you on how much life it has left. We want to help keep your vehicle running and avoid roadside breakdowns.
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Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant