It’s always better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to issues with your car. Taking care of things early on can help you avoid unpleasant surprises down the road. These are the signs you don’t want to ignore with your car battery:

It Takes a Minute (or More) to Get the Engine Started

With a healthy battery, it shouldn’t be a struggle to get your car started. Once you turn the key, it should fire up almost immediately. If you have to keep turning the key to get the engine going, this is a clear indication that the battery isn’t functioning properly and may be on its last legs.

You Need to Get it Jumped Often

Most of us at one point or another have left the lights on and had to get our battery jumpstarted. And again, with a good battery, once the power is restored, you should be fine for a while. However, if you have to keep getting it jumped, this is another big red flag that you don’t want to ignore.

It’s Old

Do you know the age of your battery? This is important because they don’t have a terribly long lifespan. The average battery lasts between three and five years. So, even if yours seems fine and it’s getting your car started every day with no problem, it may be nearing the end of its life. This is why you should have it tested periodically to see how much charge remains.

If any of the above things are familiar, you should strongly consider getting a new battery before you end up stranded somewhere. The service center at Centennial Toyota near Henderson will help you pick out the right battery and install it for you. Contact us to make an appointment.