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How to Tell If You Have a Dying Car Battery

Your car battery is similar to the heart of the body. It needs to beat, or be charged, to provide electricity to start your engine, keep it running, and power your other electrical accessories. If the battery is dead, you can expect nothing to work. 


Car batteries are just like your other electronic accessories – they weaken and can stop working over time. Most automakers recommend replacing your car battery every 3-5 years. Some batteries can last longer than others. Being able to spot the signs of a failing battery is key to preventing yourself from getting stranded in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of a dying vehicle battery.

What Are the Signs of a Dying Battery?

Batteries don’t usually stop abruptly. It may give off the following indicators before going out: 

  • Slow-to-Start Engine: If you notice that it takes a longer time for your engine to turn on, it could mean your battery has weakened.
  • Heavy Corrosion on Terminals: If your battery’s connection points are heavily coated with a blue or green substance, it means it is leaking acid. While cleaning and removing the corrosion can temporarily put a hold on your problems, it means your battery is going old. And you should look to replace it soon.
  • Frequent Jump Starts: Eventually, your battery will not be able to start on its own at all. If you’ve had to grab the jumper cables to start your car more than several times, your battery is on its way out.
  • Engine Backfires: If your battery isn't working as well as it used to, the weak sparks can cause fuel to pour into the cylinders. If you notice backfiring, please bring your car to an auto repair shop soon. 

While the symptoms of a faulty battery are mentioned above, it is best to verify that your battery is failing by taking your car to a certified technician. At Ripley’s Total Car Care, we can test your battery using the latest tools and equipment. We can also replace your battery when it is time.


 If you need a car battery replacement, we welcome you to call or visit us at Ripley's Total Car Care.

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