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Signs That It’s Time For A New European Car Battery

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When it comes to European auto maintenance in Wilmington, the pros at Performance Auto Specialists are your go-to experts for European car repairs. But when it comes to your vehicle’s battery life, there are a few telltale signs to be on the lookout for to know if your battery is on the brink of dying. Paying close attention and knowing what to look for can help you avoid being stranded somewhere with a car that won’t start. Here are several signs the European auto maintenance specialists at PAS recommend keeping an eye on that indicate it’s time for a new car battery.

A Sudden, Slower Start

We already know that the weather has many effects on vehicles. When it’s cold outside or below freezing, you have probably noticed that your car has a slower start. But if you notice this behavior suddenly and the temperature outside hasn’t dropped, you should get your battery tested ASAP. If you ignore this issue, eventually your car will not be able to start on its own.

Accessories Have Power But Car Won’t Start

The purpose of the battery is to crank the engine by providing a full dose of high-amperage power to the starter. However, when the battery is low it cannot deliver that power, but often can still supply enough power for lights or accessories that don’t require as much amperage. Dim headlights are also a sign that your battery is weak.

Rotten Eggs Under Your Hood

If you pop your hood and immediately smell rotten eggs, this means that your battery has vented gas. It has also released sulfuric acid that could harm other parts of your engine. Replace your battery ASAP to avoid more damage to your vehicle.

Age Does Matter

The average lifespan of a car battery is typically between three to five years. At around the three-year mark, you should pay more attention to it since it’s more likely to need to be replaced. 

Car Starts Then Dies Right Away

Believe it or not, this can happen! The battery will have enough voltage to start the vehicle, but then it immediately dies and will not idle. If you encounter this issue, there are a multitude of things that could be wrong, but doing a simple battery check is the first and easiest place to start.

European Auto Maintenance At Performance Auto Specialists

We’ve all been there. Lights flashing on the dashboard indicating there is a problem with your vehicle, but what could it be? When your vehicle is displaying warning lights or isn’t running as it should, let Performance Auto Specialists take the guesswork out of vehicle repair and your European auto maintenance with today’s state-of-the-art computerized diagnostics. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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