Your car’s battery is something you rarely think about… at least, until it stops working. But there are several warning signs that can let you know your battery is on its last legs, allowing you to replace it before it fails. Check out these signs you need a new car battery from the experts at Lustine Toyota.
It’s getting old
If you’ve had the same battery for five years or more, chances are you’ll need to replace it sooner rather than later. While some car batteries have a lifespan of five or six years, others may fail after just a couple of years. That means you can’t assume your battery is good if it’s less than five years old; but if you’re having issues and your battery is around that five-year mark, it’s a good sign you need a new one.
Your engine is slow to start
When you turn your key in the ignition, you notice that it’s taking longer than usual for your engine to turn over. This is a classic sign of a weak battery. You may also hear a clicking sound when you try to start the engine, which is another sign that something’s wrong with your battery.
Your headlights are dim
Like all other components in your car, your headlights are powered by your battery. If you notice that your headlights are dimmer than usual or are flickering, it could be a sign your battery has almost reached the end of its life.
To get your battery checked or replaced by an expert technician, schedule a service appointment at Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Virginia, today.