• Ashley Bradish

Charged with Battery! And How Your Car Almost Got Away With It...

Updated: Jun 2

Your battery is the life of your car. It's needed to start the engine, play your favorite songs on the radio, and store power for your lights. Here are some common questions about batteries and some signs that it's time to replace them:

Why does my battery light come on?

Most of the time, your battery icon lights up when the battery isn't charging. If this happens to you, you should have your alternator checked. Your vehicle's alternator charges your battery. If the battery is not charging, the alternator may not be working. A technician can examine your alternator belt to confirm it's doing its job and is in good shape.

But in other instances, the issue may be the battery itself. In those cases, you will usually have to replace it.

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Why does my battery keep dying?

Batteries are energy sources that use electricity to send power to your vehicle. If this electricity is somehow interrupted, it can cause the battery to die.

Your vehicle may also have damaged battery connections, blocking the electrical current. Other common issues are leaving the lights on while the car is off, extreme weather, or only driving very short distances.

If you are dealing with battery issues, call to schedule a test for your battery and solve the problem. Contact us here.

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How do I know if I need to replace my car battery?

There are several ways to determine if you're having battery-related issues. These signs include:

  1. Slow engine start- When you start your vehicle, the engine's cranking is sluggish and takes longer than usual.

  2. Dimming lights- Your headlights start to fade in and out while you are driving your vehicle.

  3. A lit "Check Engine" light- Although this could mean several things, it could also be an old or damaged battery.

  4. A misshapen battery case- Your battery looks like it at a few too many Thanksgiving dinners. This swelling is a result of excessive heat.

  5. Low battery fluid level- The battery's fluid level is below the energy conductor, possibly due to overcharging.

  6. There is a sulfur-like smell around the battery- This odor is a sign that your battery is leaking and needs immediate attention.

If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to replace the battery in your vehicle. Or, if you think the issue is fixable, give your auto shop a call and see how they can help you. Reserve an appointment here.

Rusty Car Battery

How can I tell how old my battery is?

Checking the age of your battery is like checking the age of your tires. There are tiny numbers and letters on the side that show the month and year of production.

Sometimes, you'll also see a sticker on your battery. This sticker has the shipping code, warranty date, and when the battery was charged before shipment.

The general recommendation is that car batteries get replaced up to every three years- so keeping track of your battery's age is helpful. But your driving habits and climate can increase or decrease a battery's lifespan.

Your battery will last longer if you limit short drives, reduce exposure to cold or heat, run your car regularly, and don't use power when the engine is off.

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Be proactive and get your battery tested today at Quality Automotive. Call 908-362-9555 or go to our website at https://www.qualityautocarenj.com/reservations to schedule an appointment.

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