“If I only knew sooner.” Yep, we’ve all been there before. Fortunately, there are a few symptoms that may indicate your battery needs attention. Before it’s too late.
It's Time for a New Battery When You Notice
Slow Engine Crank
When you attempt to start the vehicle, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start.
Check Engine Light
The check engine light sometimes appears when your battery power is weak.
Low Battery Fluid Level
Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. If the fluid level is below the lead plates : (energy conductor:) inside, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested.
Swelling, Bloating Battery Case
If your battery casing looks like this you can blame excessive heat for causing your battery case to swell, decreasing your battery life.
Leaking also causes corrosion around the posts : (where the + and – cable connections are located.: ) The gunk may need to be removed; otherwise, your car may not start.
Your battery can last well beyond three years but, at the very least, have its current condition inspected on a yearly basis when it reaches the three-year mark.
Top Questions and Answers
How could a battery drain overnight?
Batteries can do a lot of things while we’re not looking. The most common way a battery will drain overnight is by leaving a light on or a power adapter plugged in, zapping all your battery power while you’re fast asleep.
Your battery can also drain overnight if there are faulty electrical components or wiring. If this might be the case, let us check it out so we can resolve the problem and get you rolling again.
- Schedule a Battery Inspection. Enter your Zip Code for nearest Firestone Complete Auto Care.
- Find the right battery for your specific vehicle, at the right price — right now. Get a free online Battery Price Quote.
- Take advantage of our current deals and specials on battery replacements.
What factors will affect the life of my car battery?
So, you want to know if your battery will last three years or, better yet, five years, eh? Well, that all depends on your driving habits, plus the year-round climate in your area.
- Use our Virtual Battery Tester and discover how long a car battery will typically last in your specific make and model vehicle.
- Price out your next battery. Discover the exact price and the battery designed for your vehicle.
What are the warning signs that my battery is failing?
“If I only knew sooner." We’ve all been there before. Fortunately, there are various indications and symptoms that your battery may need replacement:
- Be safe. Have your battery tested.
- Save with special deals on new battery installations.
- Find the right battery for your specific vehicle, at the right price — right now. Get a free online Battery Price Quote
Help your battery life with the little things.
Imagine waking up to a dead car battery. It isn’t fun. At all. But because batteries can do stuff when we’re not looking, we need to help them go the distance. That means turning off all interior and exterior lights when exiting your ride. It’s important to unplug power adapters, too. Naturally, we’re also here to keep watch. Our Early Detection Analyzer determines how much life is left in your battery. If something is awry, Firestone Complete Auto Care technicians are pros at delivering a fix.