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Signs Your Battery Is Failing And How To Check Its Health

Being stranded with a bad battery is a situation nobody wants to be in.
Posted On July 17, 2021
By Integra Tire Canada

Your battery is one of three electrical components (battery, starter, and alternator) that give life to your vehicle; however, it all starts with your battery. Being stranded with a bad battery is a situation nobody wants to be in, so it’s important to be aware of the status of your battery and make sure it is working when you need it.

The Basics Of Batteries

When you turn the key to your vehicle, you are closing a circuit that allows current to flow from your battery to your starter. Your starter then ultimately begins a process that starts your engine. From here, your alternator takes over recharging your battery and the systems in your vehicle.

Signs Your Battery Is Failing

There are many signs of a faulty battery, which we discuss more here; however some obvious signs are:

  • Sluggish starting – Your vehicle may crank for longer periods of time and have a sluggish “whirring” sound.
  • Clicks but doesn’t start – You may have periods where your vehicle “clicks” when trying to start, but it does not turn over.
  • Corrosion on terminals – You may notice corrosion or blue foam on your battery terminals, a sign your battery is leaking battery fluid.
  • Jump starts needed – Your vehicle battery seems to need a jump more often in cold conditions.

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Battery Health: How Old Is Your Battery

All batteries have the same problem: they eventually lose their ability to hold a charge. Consider the battery in your mobile phone: it may have lasted a day or two without a charge when you first purchased it, but now it lasts only half a day. Car batteries are no different. Eventually your alternator will be unable to charge it to sufficient levels to operate your vehicle. Car batteries on average last four to seven years, depending on your usage. For example: if you take many short trips, your battery may wear faster as it doesn’t have time to recharge between each trip. If you notice any of the signs of battery failure, and you are in the timeframe to replace your battery, this may be the most obvious sign that an old battery is the culprit.

Bring Your Battery In For A Test

Call your local Integra Tire and ask about getting your battery tested. Your technician will test the voltage of your battery both at test and under load. From this test, we can determine if your battery is holding a charge and what percentage of charge it can hold.

Questions? Our Advisors are Happy to Help!

If you have questions about anything you've read in this resource page, contact your nearest Integra Tire dealer for more information. We are passionate in assisting our customers make the best choices to keep their vehicles in tip-top shape and keep their families safe.
Resource Tags: alternator , Automotive , Battery , battery health , electrical , starter

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