Is it Time for a New Battery?

You may not give it much (or any) thought, but the battery in your car is extremely important. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to get your vehicle started. It’s important to understand that batteries don’t last forever. In fact, they typically don’t have a very long lifespan, as it’s usually between three and six years. Here our Chevy service center goes over some warning signs that indicate you probably need a new battery:

Your Engine Won’t Start

Okay, this one is pretty obvious. If you turn the key in your Chevy Blazer and nothing happens, the battery is probably dead. While a jumpstart may bring it back to life, if you keep needing to do this, it’s no longer reliable. If a jumpstart doesn’t work, call a tow truck and have your vehicle brought to our service center. We will let you know whether it’s the battery or your engine is on the fritz.

There are Clicking Sounds

If the engine does start when you turn the key but you hear a clicking noise, this is a strong indication that the battery doesn’t have much power left.

Electrical Components Aren’t Working Well

In addition to powering the starter, the battery also supplies juice to things like the lights and stereo in your Chevy car. If those aren’t working – or perhaps you notice that the headlights are dimmer than usual – the battery is failing.

It Looks Off

Sometimes a visual inspection can tell you everything you need to know about your battery. If, for example, the casing is bulging, something is clearly wrong. If you notice a bluish-green powder on the terminals, this means that there’s a leak. A smell like rotten eggs is also a sign that your battery is leaking.

It’s Old

As mentioned, a battery is only good for a handful of years. If yours is on the older side, strongly consider having it tested. This will let you know how much charge it has left and whether or not it’s a smart idea to get a replacement.

Have Your Battery Examined at Patriot Chevy Warminster

If you suspect something is up with your battery, make an appointment with the service center at Patriot Chevy Warminster. If you need a new battery, we can install this for you quickly. Be sure to check out our Chevy service coupons for ways to save money.