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4 telltale signs your vehicle battery might be dying

Close up photo of a car battery

It’s incredibly frustrating to get in your vehicle only to find out that it won’t start due to a drained or dead battery. One moment you’re expecting to drive off to your destination; the next, you’re stuck wondering if you might need to get towed to a mechanic. To prevent this from happening to you, here are four telltale signs your battery is failing.

1. There are electrical problems

Unsurprisingly, your battery powers all the electrical components in your vehicle. Therefore, if you notice that the stereo has started to fluctuate in volume or your headlights seem dimmer than usual, your battery may be on its last legs. Your windshield wipers and power windows may also malfunction if your battery is slowly dying.

2. The battery terminals are corroded

It’s a good idea to periodically check the state of the terminals on your car battery. These often become corroded if your battery is old and starting to leak acid. If the terminals are covered in crud, this can reduce the amount of electrical charge to your vehicle. Although you can clean the terminals with a mixture of baking soda and water, this is only a temporary solution. It’s best to get a new battery sooner rather than later.

3. The engine turns over slowly

Before your battery dies completely, your car may become slow and hard to start. For example, if you often find yourself waiting more than a few seconds for your engine to spring to life, your battery may be letting you know it’s nearing the end of its lifespan.

4. The battery is bulging

Along with leaking acid and corroded terminals, another visual sign of a worn-out battery is that it’s bulging and misshapen. You should get a new battery right away if this is happening.

If you notice any of these four signs, immediately visit your nearest Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre to get the help you need. Don’t wait until you’re stranded on the side of the road!

Your vehicle experts

At Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres, we understand your vehicle’s electrical system inside and out. The trained technicians at our 18 locations in BC and Alberta can inspect your battery and determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced. We also offer a full range of other mechanical services to help your car run better and last longer. To make an appointment, contact the location closest to you today.


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