Signs you need to change you car’s battery

          Friends, did you know that the car battery has a limited lifespan, depending on how well it’s taken care of and its usage conditions? On average, a regular car battery lasts around 1-2 years or approximately 20,000 kilometers, but this can vary based on individual usage and car conditions. Over time, you might notice some abnormal symptoms arising from the battery as you use your car for an extended period.

Today, CWC would like to share some signs to watch out for, indicating possible battery wear:

         Now, let’s get to the exciting part! Today, we’ll share some useful tips from the Car World Club’s emergency assistance center on how to check your car battery’s condition. It’s easier than you might think, and a little effort can save you from unexpected breakdowns and inconveniences.

 How to check your car battery

1. **Difficulty Starting the Car:** If you find it challenging to start your car or experience intermittent starting issues, it could be a crucial warning that your battery is nearing the end of its life. Frequent struggles to start the car shouldn’t be ignored, as repeated attempts can have an impact on your car’s overall starting system.

2. **Electrical System Malfunctions:** When you notice electrical components like power windows, headlights, or air conditioning behaving erratically or becoming sluggish, it might be a sign of a weak battery. Dim headlights, in particular, could indicate battery issues.

3. **Over 15 Months of Usage:** If your car battery has been in use for more than 15 months, it’s advisable to keep a closer eye on its performance. As it approaches the average lifespan, you might want to consider a replacement to avoid potential breakdowns.

Causes of battery problems:

Usage duration: If your battery has been used for more than 1 year or has been driven for more than 20,000 kilometers, it may start to deteriorate.

Charging issues: If there is a red warning signal on the battery icon on the car dashboard, it may indicate abnormalities with the charging system.

Charging current: The charging current should always be between 13.5 V. to 14.5 V. (with a maximum deviation of 0.5 V.) while the engine is running.

Charging current during driving: The charging current should be between 13.5 V. to 14.5 V. (with a maximum deviation of 0.3 V.) while driving, accelerating, using headlights, air conditioning, or the sound system.

If these values exceed the specified ranges, it can lead to battery swelling, overheating, and deterioration.

Short circuits or faults in the electrical system.

When the battery icon warning sign appears on the car dashboard, it indicates that there is an issue with the car’s charging system related to the battery. Therefore, it is advisable to promptly take the car to a service center or a reputable auto repair shop to diagnose the problem. Otherwise, the charging system may not be stable, leading to potential problems with the car’s battery, such as unstable power supply or deterioration, which could result in the car breaking down on the road or causing rapid battery wear.