The battery is an important part for your vehicle. It is what provides power to your vehicle. Without a battery, the vehicle cannot even start. There can be several warning signs that the battery is starting to wear down. Sometimes a recharge will be needed, while other times a new battery will be required. If you notice any issues, it is best to bring your vehicle in and we can test the charge on the battery. To help preserve the life of the battery as long as possible, always check it regularly to make sure it is clean from any corrosion or debris that may have built up. The vehicle may start slowly This is one of the easiest signs to notice. When you attempt to start your vehicle, the cranking of the engine may be slow and sluggish. It may even take longer than normal to start the vehicle. While there are several reasons why a vehicle may start slowly, it is best to bring it in so it can be diagnosed correctly, and the issue can be resolved. The Check Engine Light comes on The check engine light will illuminate as the battery power becomes weaker. Some system indicator lights could mean there is an issue with the battery, engine, or even a loose gas cap. If the lights starts flashing, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so the issue can be fixed. Low battery fluid The battery typically has a part of the casing that is translucent. This way, you can always keep an eye on the battery’s fluid level. You can also inspect it by removing the red and black caps on it if they are not sealed. There is however a majority of modern car batters that permanently seal these parts. If the fluid level is below the lead plates inside the battery, it is time to have the battery tested. If the fluid level drops, it is typically caused by an overcharge of the battery. The battery case swells Noticing a swelling or bloating battery case, it is an indication the battery has gone bad. This can be caused from excessive heat that causes the battery case to swell. It will start to decrease the life of your battery, and over time, the battery will go dead. An odd smell If the battery is starting to have issues, you may notice a sulfur odor from around the battery. This is caused from the battery leaking. If the battery leaks, it could also cause corrosion around the posts where the cable connections are. If you notice the posts have a build up of debris, make sure to clean it off so the battery can have the best connection possible. The age of the battery The life of the battery can range from three to five years, depending on the battery. Other factors that play a part in how long the battery lasts are driving habits, weather, and the amount of frequent short trips. These factors can drastically shorten the actual life of your vehicle’s battery.