The Warning Signs of a Dying Car Battery

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Oh, the dreaded feeling of helplessness when you turn the key in the ignition and hear nothing. Your battery is dead, and you're stranded wherever you happened to be parked.

Don't let it happen to you. The first step is knowing when to replace your battery. We've compiled tips from our experts on car battery life and how to tell if it's time for a replacement.

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Car battery basics

Car battery basics

The average battery has a lifespan of four and a half years, but it's wise to check yours every six months.

Prevention is key when it comes to car maintenance, so it's important to keep an eye out for battery corrosion. How will you know if corrosion is taking a toll? Your battery terminals will look like a science experiment. White, blue, or orange fuzz forming around the battery may indicate that its connection is about to fail.

Signs of imminent car battery failure

There are a variety of signs, both internal and external, that point to battery/charging/starting system failure.

Slow-starting or slow cranking car

If you notice the engine struggling to turn over upon ignition, there's a good chance that your battery is on its last legs.

Indicator lights have illuminated

Check the dashboard when you get into your car. Your car's charging system depends on the battery, so a light may come on when it's time to have it replaced.
Your car's operating system is often connected in surprising ways. You often have very little time to act before a car battery gives out. If you notice any of these signs, bring your car into a Goodyear Auto Service Center as soon as possible for an inspection by our experts.

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