How to Tell if You Need a New Car Battery

Identifying the tell-tale signs of a bad battery means the difference between a quick trip to a Toyota service center and getting stranded on the side of the highway. It’s important to keep up with the health of your battery, and if you notice any warning signs indicating a faulty battery, make an appointment here at Bob Smith Toyota.

Swollen Car Battery

Sometimes, all you need to do is to take a quick inventory under your hood. If you notice any swollen sides or outward bending, your battery may have damaged battery cells. This means you will need a new one right away. If you see loose, frayed, or burned wires, your battery is likely okay, but you will need to get a new battery wiring set.

Your Car Keeps Dying or Won’t Turn On

If your battery is weak or won’t hold a charge, your car engine will likely crank too slowly or not start at all. If you haven’t left your interior lights on and still find yourself needing a jump, it may be time for a battery replacement.

Dim Lighting and Low Energy

Are you left in the dark when you’re inside your car’s cabin? A weakening battery will often show low electricity output to things such as indicators, power windows, and lighting. Check your dashboard lights as you turn the key. If they seem duller than normal, it’s a good idea to stop by the shop.

Toyota Service Center for La Crescenta Drivers

If you’ve experienced any of the aforementioned battery problems, stop by our Toyota service and parts center today. You can easily schedule an appointment online or by calling Bob Smith Toyota at 818-248-9363.