Depending on where you live, how you drive, the condition of your car’s
charging system, and a number of other factors, your car battery may last
for about four years on average. Although car batteries generally don’t
exhibit signs of trouble before they die, there are occasionally things
you can look for that will indicate it’s time for a replacement
battery. If you experience any of these signs, visit an
auto repair shop in Hayward for battery replacement.
Car Struggles to Turn Over
As your car battery reaches the end of its life, you may first begin to
notice that your vehicle struggles to turn over, especially after sitting
for a few hours or days without being driven. If you only here a clicking
noise when you try to start the engine and the car will not turn over,
the battery has an extremely low charge, in which case you’ll either
need a jump or a tow truck. Roadside assistance can provide a jumpstart
if you are stranded.
Dimming and flickering headlights is one of the most common
signs of a dying car battery. You can test your car’s battery using the headlights and another
person. Have someone stand at a distance in front of the car, turn on
the car’s headlights, then turn on the car. If the headlights fade
or flicker while the car is starting, the battery needs to be serviced
Electrical Accessories Don’t Work
You can also tell if the car battery is dying by checking the electrical
accessories such as the radio or power widows without starting the car.
Turn the key in the ignition until you can turn on electrical accessories.
If the battery is very low, some or all of the accessories will be sluggish
or won’t work at all.
If you’re experiencing car battery troubles, drive over to All Ways
Automotive in Hayward. Our ASE-certified technicians can solve all your
automotive problems, including a dead or dying car battery. We also have
a fleet of tow trucks and can pick you up if your car battery unexpectedly
dies and leaves you stranded. Call us at (510) 556-2485 to learn more about our
towing and auto repair services.