How to tell when to replace my battery?

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The experts at Kearys Motor Group believe that everyone who owns a car should understand basic battery and car maintenance. Without a fully functioning battery, you'll never be able to experience your vehicle's peak performance and you could even leave yourself stranded on the side of the road. One of the most frequently asked questions received by the Service Department at Kearys Motor Group is how to tell when it's time to replace a car battery. While it would be easier if there were a universal replacement schedule for all cars, trucks, and crossovers, the sad fact is that every car is slightly different when it comes to battery life and replacement. Driving conditions, type of battery, driving tendencies, and age all play a role in your battery's health. Despite the lack of hard and fast rules, our Service experts thought it would be helpful to go over some of the basic warning signs of a failing battery that you need to look out for.

Common Warning Signs:

  • It takes longer for your starter motor to turn over when the car is started
  • Your battery light stays illuminated while your engine is running
  • During cold or extended starts, your battery loses power fast
  • Your headlights dim when your engine idles
  • There is bloating or swelling of the battery case
  • Battery leakage and rotten egg smell (sulfur odor:) around the battery
  • Battery drains overnight even without lights being left on
  • You are taking multiple short trips over a short period of time no matter the age of the battery
  • The charge indicator on the top of your maintenance-free battery shows yellow or black

What to Do Now

If any of these problems or situations sound familiar to you, or your battery is more than two years old, the time has arrived to bring your vehicle into an authorized service centre like the ones found at Kearys Motor Group. With the difficult winter season upon us, including Southern Ireland's rainy Decembers, it is a critical time to put a focus on battery health and overall car safety. It should be noted that battery failures increase four-fold during the colder months, so now is the time to act. The car service specialists at all the Kearys Motor Group locations in Cork, Mallow, and Midleton are here to test your battery and charging system and diagnose any critical problems. If it appears that you are on the brink of battery failure, each of our dealers has a full selection of authorized batteries that are made just for your car, truck, and crossover.

If you are experiencing any of the common warning signs or battery failure, we suggest you book a service appointment today. You can easily find the contact information of the Kearys Motor Group dealer that handles your model on our website. When you have a dealership in mind, Kearys Motor Group makes it quick and hassle-free to book a service appointment online. So, don't delay, make sure your car's battery is in top shape for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

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