How to spot car battery problems

How to spot car battery problems 6th November 2014

Batteries are one of the most neglected parts of a car, with drivers often failing to check the power source due to the fact they are usually so reliable. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t prone to problems. Luckily, there are some simple ways to spot the issues as they arise. 

In fact, it is often the case that many car failures can be linked to a faulty battery. Ensuring that it is running at its peak capacity is essential, and maintaining its powers is vital for a car’s health. 

With the cold weather soon to set in, the lower temperatures are one of the main causes of a malfunctioning battery. Now is a great to make sure it is in excellent condition. But how can you spot car battery problems?

  • Age. If the battery is three years older or more, it is likely you’ll begin to encounter some problems. At this point, it is advised to get the battery checked and possibly replaced to ensure you get the most out of it. 
  • Struggling to start. If your car’s engine doesn’t start immediately, more often than not it’s because the battery is failing to perform. It’s easy to start panicking and thinking it’s a much larger problem, but it might just be the time for a replacement battery
  • Problems with lights, radio and windows. If the electrical components of your car start acting erratically, or just don’t work at all, it’s probably due to a faulty battery. If you use a lot of electrical equipment—something that is especially common for drivers with young children in the car—you are sapping the life of your battery at a much faster rate. CD players, satellite navigation systems, MP3 players and DVD players will all drain power faster and put increased strain on a battery. 
  • Take a quick look at the battery. Perhaps the best way to conduct a quick check of the battery is by taking a look at it. If you notice the battery case is swelling, or if there is evidence of corrosion, you need to replace it. Furthermore, a strong smell of sulphur is a sure indicator your battery is struggling. 

Posted by Danielle Barge