What's Wrong With My Battery

If you are having trouble starting your car, or you find that your car is not starting, see if it is because of a faulty battery. A car battery should last you around four to five years. It is not made to hold a charge for that long, so the car's alternator recharges it while you drive.

Signs your battery is dead
  • Low humming sound when attempting to start the car
  • Multiple jump starts
  • Low to no accessory power
  • Slow Engine crank
  • Battery leak
  • Swollen or bloated battery case

If your battery is experiencing any of these issues, then it is time for a new battery

Factors that affect battery life

  • Extreme temperature can take a toll on your battery life and its performance. From the hot summer day to the freezing cold winter weather, it can shorten the life of your battery due to more chemical activity inside the battery.
  • Believe it or not, short trips can affect the battery. Short trips mean the car will not receive enough daily use to fully recharge the battery, so long distance driving can cause your battery to suffer as a result.
  • A dirty battery wears away faster than a clean battery. Dirt can also cause your battery to loose its juice faster than normal.

If you are having trouble starting your vehicle, here are the steps to jump starting your car.