The battery is considered as the heart of your vehicle. It’s what powers every electrical component in your car. Without it, your car won’t be able to start, run or do anything. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of the road, in heavy traffic or worse, in an unfamiliar location during the winter with a dead vehicle.

Typically, car batteries fail suddenly, but they usually give warning signs when they’re about to fail. Don’t get stranded. Change your battery before it’s too late.

Old battery

On average, car batteries can last for about 2 to 4 years. But it is recommended to replace your car’s battery every 2 to 3 years; even if the manufacturer tells you that the battery has a maximum lifespan of 5 years.

Start expecting problems when the battery reaches its 3rd or 4th year. Some people, however, decide to wait for the battery to die in the hopes of saving money. But if you do, you might end up stranded in the middle of nowhere. To avoid the hassle, it would be best to replace your car’s battery before there’s trouble.

Engine cranks but doesn’t start

This classic moment happens to the best of us. You’re running late. You run to your car and put the key into your vehicle’s ignition, but the engine isn’t starting. Your keep turning the key, but nothing happens.

Although there could be a number of reasons why your car isn’t starting, 94% of the time a weak battery is what’s causing the problem. There’s a good chance that the battery is on its way out. In this case, it may be time to shop for a new battery.

Lights out

Your car’s battery supplies the necessary current to the ignition system and starter motor. It also powers all of the accessories, including the lights.

If no dashboard light or headlight comes on when your turn the key to the ignition, this may be a sign of a battery issue. Call Gene’s Auto Repair and have your battery examined by one of our mechanics.