A dead battery is apparent - you get into your vehicle and realize that it won’t start. You hear the ignition click, but it won’t start up. A typically car battery lasts between 3-4 years, depending on your vehicle and other factors. However, leaving an electrical component on for an extended period of time, like the lights or radio, can cause your battery to die prematurely.
A car battery can die due to a number of different reasons, whether from the battery itself or the charging and starting system. If you ever suspect an issue with your car battery, you can always take your battery into your local auto repair shop for testing to see how much life it has left.
Signs of a dying battery include:
- Car starts up slow or takes multiple tries
- Problems with the radio
- Dim interior lights
- Failing power locks and/or windows
- Battery warning light is on
As soon as you notice any of the issues above, you should have your vehicle inspected by your local trusted mechanic. A battery issue needs to be addressed immediately, because the beginning signs of battery failure will always lead to complete failure eventually. Even if your battery is new, there could still be a problem with the starting or charging system or alternator that is preventing the battery from receiving the correct charge. Getting into your car and finding that it won’t start can be extremely stressful, so detecting this problem early on and getting it taken care of will save you some trouble.