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Everything You Need to Know about Your Vehicle’s Battery

The Texas summer heat is on full blast now that we’re in July. It’s never fun to be stranded outside in the sun, and a car that won’t start due to a dead battery is probably not your idea of summer fun. Here is everything you need to know about your vehicle’s battery and tips for predicting a replacement.

How does it work?

  • The battery can keep its charge while your engine is on, but is drained when it’s not. This is why it’s important to turn off your headlights and interior lights when you aren’t driving. Even something as simple as leaving your cell phone or another device plugged in while you’re not using your car can drain the battery.
  • Car batteries last about three to five years. However, your driving habits and the elements the battery is exposed to (like extreme heat or cold) can impact this.
  • If your battery is failing and you aren’t aware, it can affect the fuel economy, creating a higher fuel bill for you.
  • When it’s time for a battery replacement, choosing the right one is very important. If the battery doesn’t fit well, is cheap, or isn’t installed correctly, it can cause extreme damage to your car. Visit us at Lone Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, where we are happy to take care of everything from ordering to installation.

How to tell that your battery is on its way out:

  • The check engine light is turned on: This might show up when there is a problem with your battery, but this is not always the case.
  • The engine is slow to start: If you turn on your car and it seems sluggish or takes longer than normal to start, there may be an issue with your battery.
  • The battery is leaking: Other than smelling sulfur around the area, you might also see the acid bubbling through, your battery may look distorted, or there might be cracks in it with fluid coming through.
  • The battery’s fluid level is low: There is usually a part of the battery that allows you to see this, so you can always check on the fluid level. If the fluid is below the lead plates inside, it’s time to bring your vehicle in for a check-up.
  • It’s been three years: After three years, we suggest bringing your car in for a battery inspection just to avoid any unexpected problems.

If you think your battery isn’t in good condition or have any concerns after reading these tips, you can always schedule an appointment with our service department. We are happy to help you with any of your needs and want you and your family to keep enjoying summer, without worrying about your vehicle!