When Will Your Car Battery Fail?
As the Raya holidays are fast (no pun intended) approaching, we thought you could use some tips on identifying if your car battery is good enough to balik kampung. These are five signs your car battery is about to die.
1. Can’t Remember Your Last Change?
Car batteries are the unsung heroes of the car. We never remember to check, service or clean them although it works hard starting our engines every morning. Car batteries, like any other car part have a lifespan. A good rule of thumb to determine the lifespan of your car battery is 1.5x to 2x of the manufacturer’s warranty. For example, if your last battery change was two years ago on a 12 month warranty battery, your battery is probably living on borrowed time.
2. Check The Indicator
Some car batteries have indicators on the top side of the batteries. Like this one – a red indicator means that the battery is healthy and doesn’t need a charge while a white indicator tells you that it’s weak and needs a recharge or to be replaced.
3. Tick Tock
Check your clock! (Hey it rhymes.) A sign that your car’s clock displays the wrong time is a sign that it’s time to change your car battery. Car battery not only provides the power to start the engine, rather, it powers all the electronics like your power seats, power windows, air conditioning and many more. So if your car battery is failing while the car’s switched off, it may reset the electronics and your clock will go back to 00:00. Also, check your lights! If it’s dimmer than usual, it may be time to call us.
4. Slow Engine Crank
It takes a lot of power to get your car started, and all that power is produced solely by… you guessed it, your battery. If the battery is on its last legs, you may notice that the engine cranks more slowly than usual. Try turning the ignition key and feel how fast the engine starts up. If it’s slower than usual, you got to get it tested before you’re stranded in your dodgy office car park.
5. Test It!
Do you have a battery tester? If it’s reading is between 12.4V and 12.7V, your battery is good to go! If it’s lower than 12.4V, it’s as healthy as Mandy Moore in A Walk To Remember.
Never watched A Walk To Remember? Spoiler alert.
Remember to keep your car batteries healthy! We hope that these tips do prove themselves useful in your next journey to your hometown. In any event, if you’re stuck somewhere, just give us a call and we’ll handle it from there.