How can I know if my car battery needs to be replaced?

My car isn't starting as smoothly as it used to, and I suspect it has something to do with the battery. How do I know when my car battery needs to be replaced?

Answer
Nice job listening to your vehicle! If your car battery is more than three to five years old, it is probably time to replace it.
One telltale sign to check for is whether or not your engine is slow to start. This is because the battery is taking longer to release a charge for your starter.
Another sign comes in the form of dim lighting and other electrical issues. If the battery is depleted, it will have a hard time powering your radio, lights, and dashboard computer, among other interior electronics.
You can also take a look at the actual battery. If the casing is misshapen or there’s white, ashy powder on the connection terminals, it’s time to replace it. A new car battery will usually cost you around $50-$75.
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Best of luck with the battery!
Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Dec 06, 2021
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