Battery Replacement Signs

After starting your vehicle, the car battery is recharged by the alternator and works in the background to consistently provide power for your vehicle’s extra features, like the radio and air conditioning. But if the battery isn’t working, not only will your radio not work, but your vehicle won’t start either. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your car battery?

Check out this list of battery replacement signs from the team at MINI of Manhattan, and take note before it’s too late.

Lights Not as Bright as Usual

If you start having problems with the electrical accessories in your vehicle

 like the lights, audio system, or climate control system, it’s likely a sign there’s a problem with your car battery. These all run off that power whether you’re idling or driving down the road. The difference is that while you’re driving, the alternator keeps the battery charged.

If the car battery doesn’t have enough power left in it, your stuff won’t work the way it’s supposed to. If the lights aren’t bright enough, the volume isn’t loud enough, and the air is just room temperature, get the battery checked.

Battery Light Illuminates on the Dash

Your vehicle is equipped with several great diagnostic tools. One of those is the dashboard light system that lights up when something in your vehicle has gone awry. The battery light is a sign there’s a problem with the charging system. It could be the battery, the alternator, or the starter engine. Either way, you need to get it checked ASAP.

Problems Starting the Vehicle

There are a few different scenarios where problems with starting the vehicle could be a sign of a necessary battery replacement. Here’s what they look like:

    • The vehicle starts fine, but turns over more times than usual. But it eventually starts and runs normally.
    • The vehicle doesn’t start when you try to turn it on, but revs a bunch. You take a break so as not to harm the engine. You try again and it starts fine.
    • The vehicle doesn’t start at all when you turn the key in the ignition. It doesn’t even rev, but sort of putters in defeat.

These are all signs your battery is about to die or is already dead. In either case, it needs to be replaced immediately.

Replace Your Car Battery Today

If you notice any of the symptoms on this list of Signs You Need a Battery Replacement, you should take your vehicle to your local MINI service center as soon as possible. In fact, don’t even turn off the vehicle. Just drive straight to the service department to get a battery replacement. Otherwise, you risk the vehicle not starting back up again.

MINI of Manhattan is a full-service automotive parts dealer and service center. We’ll be happy to take care of all your vehicle’s needs, from your regular oil change to a battery replacement. Ready to get started? Schedule a service appointment online now.