Without a properly functioning car battery, you’ll likely experience all sorts of car problems, from a simple loss of power to more complex electrical issues. Your battery is a powerful source of electrical current responsible for providing the initial burst of energy your car needs to start. It also helps keep your car’s electrical systems running while the engine is turned off. Over time, though, batteries naturally degrade and lose their ability to hold a charge. That’s why it’s important to have your battery regularly tested and, if necessary, replaced.
At Performance Mitsubishi, we understand the importance of having a stable battery in your car. That’s why we offer various battery services to our customers, including new battery installation and testing. Our team of expert technicians is here to help you through every step, from choosing the right battery for your car to properly installing it. We’ll also properly dispose of your old battery, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Performance Mitsubishi’s Battery Services
Performance Mitsubishi offers comprehensive battery services to help keep your car running at its best. Our services include:
- Battery Inspection and Testing: Our trained technicians will inspect your battery, battery cables, and terminals for corrosion or damage. We’ll also test the battery to see if it’s holding a charge and operating at peak efficiency. A load test is performed to measure your battery’s cold cranking amps and reserve capacity.
- Battery Replacement: If your battery needs to be replaced, our technicians will install a new one compatible with your car. We’ll also treat the new battery terminals with an anti-corrosion solution to help prolong your battery’s life.
- Battery Recycling: We’ll properly dispose of your old battery in an environmentally friendly way and recycle it whenever possible.
Signs You Need a New Battery
Much like the batteries in your TV remotes or smoke detectors, car batteries will eventually need to be replaced. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your battery:
- The engine is slow to turn over: If it takes longer than usual for your car’s engine to start, it could be a sign that your battery is losing its ability to hold a charge. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere with a dead battery, so if you notice this happening, it’s time to get your battery checked out.
- The check engine light is on: In most vehicles, the check engine light can mean just about anything. But in some cases, it could indicate that your battery is losing its charge. If you see the check engine light come on, it’s always a good idea to have your car checked out by a trained technician.
- The battery is more than three years old: Even if your battery seems to be working fine, it’s always a good idea to have it replaced every three to five years. This will help ensure that your car always has a reliable power source. Otherwise, you run the risk of being stranded with a dead battery.
- Electrical malfunctions: If you start to experience electrical issues like dim headlights or power windows that are slow to roll up, it could be a sign of a dying battery. A battery on its last legs can also cause issues with your car’s stereo system and dash lights.
- The headlights go dim when idling: This is a common sign of a battery not holding a charge. If you notice your headlights dimming when the car is idling, it’s time to have your battery replaced.
Maintenance Tips to Help Prolong Battery Life
Prevention is always the best medicine, and that’s especially true when it comes to car batteries. Here are some simple maintenance tips you can follow to help prolong the life of your battery:
- Keep it clean: Dirt and debris can be bad news for battery health, especially if it gets into the cells. Corrosion can also build up on the battery terminals, making it harder for electricity to flow. To help prevent this, clean your battery regularly with a solution of baking soda and water.
- Keep it cool: Extreme heat can shorten a battery’s lifespan, so keeping it in a cool, dry place is important. It’s no secret that hot summer temperatures can take a toll on car batteries. Consider taking measures to keep your battery cool during the hottest months of the year.
- Keep it charged: A battery regularly left uncharged will sulfate and die prematurely. To help prevent this, make sure you keep your battery properly charged. If you’re going to be away from your car for an extended period, consider disconnecting the battery to prevent it from draining.
- Check the terminals: Corroded battery terminals can make it harder for electricity to flow, which can shorten the battery’s lifespan. To help prevent this, check the battery terminals regularly and clean them if necessary.
- Check the fluid level: Most car batteries are maintenance-free, but some still require you to check the fluid level. If your battery requires maintenance, check the fluid level regularly and top it off if necessary.
Your car battery can last for several years with proper care and maintenance. But eventually, all batteries will need to be replaced. Pay close attention to your battery, and don’t wait until it’s too late.
Why Choose Performance Mitsubishi for Battery Service?
Choosing the right place to get your car battery serviced can be tough. But with Performance Mitsubishi, you know you’re in good hands. We are an award-winning dealership that has been servicing batteries for many years. Our team of highly trained and certified technicians will take the time to listen to your needs and explain the different options available to you. We only use the highest quality parts and products available on the market, so you can be sure your car is getting the best possible care.
In addition, we offer a wide range of services, including oil changes, tire rotations, and more. We’re also your go-to source for quality used and new cars. If you’re in the market for a new car, check us out. No matter what your needs are, Performance Mitsubishi is here to help. Give us a call or use our convenient online scheduler to schedule a service appointment today. We look forward to serving you.