We’re in that time of year when see more battery related issues – it seems to go hand in hand with the months of January and February. The key is to be pro-active about the situation and not waiting for that first morning when it dips down to 15 degrees below zero… and the car won’t start!
We have a technician here at Varney that says, “The worse sound a car can make is nothing… when it won’t start!” We think he may be on to something! Ironically though, a battery is an easy item to check and keep tabs on, but most people still don’t even think about it until it’s too late.
Even on most new vehicles, the battery is still located under the hood and fairly accessible. Only a handful of models have the battery in a different location like in the trunk or under the rear seat. If you have a car with a battery in a funky location, call us – we’ll take care of you. Most batteries, aftermarket or from the manufacturer, last between 5-7 years.
Here’s a few things you can check in regards to your battery:
- First, there should be a sticker on the top of the battery that shows the month and year of either manufacturing or installation date. If the battery is more than 5 years old, you may want to consider replacing it.
- Second, there are two terminals (or posts) either on top of the battery or on the side. These terminals should be free of a bluish-white powdery substance – this is corrosion and will hurt your battery’s performance. You can purchase battery terminal spray at any auto parts store. Just spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes, then wash it off. The water will not harm the battery or its related parts.
- Third, there will be wire cables (one red, one black) that clamp onto or screw into the terminals or posts. These should be in good condition – free from corrosion and/or rust, they should not be frayed, etc. If any of these symptoms are present, please consider replacing them.