How to Tell It’s Time for a New Battery

Batteries are one of the first things that need to be changed on a vehicle. Most experts recommend changing your battery every four to five years. Some batteries will last longer than that, some will need changing sooner. The best way to know when it is time for a new battery is to look for the signs described in this article. 

When you are ready to have your battery changed, contact Ethan’s Honest Automotive. We are the Cache Valley’s source for amazing auto care and service


5 Signs that you need to change your car battery

Knowing that it is time to change your car battery is as easy as looking out for the following signs.  


1) Check engine light comes on.

Your check engine light may come on for many reasons. But, one of these is that your battery needs to be changed. If you notice your check engine light come on, take your vehicle into Ethan’s Honest Automotive for scheduled maintenance. We have the tools to diagnose the reason for the check engine light. And, if the light has come on as a sign you need a new battery, we can change it for you easily. 


2) The engine is slow to start.

A slow-starting engine is another sign of an old battery. This occurs because the battery is getting worn out and less effective. You will know that your engine is starting slow if it takes multiple seconds for it to turn over. If you experience this sign of an old battery, bring your vehicle into Ethan’s Honest Automotive right away, as your current battery is very close to dying. 


3) Dim lights.

With a less effective battery comes dim lights and other electronic issues. Your vehicle may no longer be able to run the electrical components as well as it once did. This can cause slowly charging to your electrics (like a smartphone) and dim lights on your dashboard.  


4) Doesn’t hold a charge well.

Do you find yourself charging your battery or jumping your car often? If so, then you likely need a battery change. Older batteries do not hold a charge well. This causes them to die more often, which necessitates more work on your part to keep the vehicle running. 


5) Bad smell.

Finally, an old battery will cause a bad smell, like rotten eggs. This smell occurs because of a gas leak. As batteries age, they become more susceptible to leaks. Gas leaks do not smell good. If there is a bad smell in your vehicle, check for a leaky battery. 


How to change your car battery

If you notice one or more of the signs above, it is time for a battery change. You can change the battery yourself. But, there is always a risk of doing it wrong or damaging your engine. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, bring your vehicle to Ethan’s Honest Automotive. 

We provide the best battery services in the Cache Valley. Our technicians are highly trained and provide amazing customer service. If you have questions about your battery or want to know how Ethan’s Honest Automotive can help with all of your vehicle needs, contact us today.