3 Signs your battery is about to die

Your car battery is responsible for powering your car's computer, ignition system, lights, radio and more, so it's important to monitor its condition to avoid getting caught out. Studies have shown that more than 1 in 10 car batteries need replacing.* Although battery problems can arise suddenly, there are a few key signs that can indicate your battery is about to die.

1.   Difficulty starting the car

Your car requires a huge surge of energy to start the engine. With a failing battery, you'll notice that the engine cranks more slowly than usual, and the car takes longer to start. You'll often only get one or two warning signs of this nature before the battery completely dies, so don't ignore it. If, when turning the key, you hear a clicking sound, there is not enough power to crank the engine at all. If this is the case, you'll need to jump start your battery and get a new battery fitted as soon as possible.

2.   Low/loss of power to electrics

Your car's battery not only starts your engine - it also powers the various electronics inside your vehicle such as electric windows, lights, heaters and seats. A loss of electrical power is typically more noticeable in colder months; when these systems are running more frequently.

3.   Dashboard warning symbol

An illuminated battery symbol could be down to a loose starter terminal, a failing alternator or even damaged cabling. If the light stays on while driving, there's likely a problem with your alternator belt (responsible for charging your battery while on the move). This shouldn't be overlooked - a faulty charging system could leave you stranded.

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How long will a car battery last?

Car batteries are designed to last between 3 and 5 years. All of our batteries come with a 3, 4 or 5 year guarantee, so in the unlikely case your battery fails, we'll replace it for free.

Routine maintenance can extend the life of your battery and keep if performing well for longer. A smart charger is the best way to save money and avoid expensive repairs or the need for a new battery sooner, since it can protect and even repair your battery while it charges.

How much does a new battery cost?

The cost of a new, fully fitted car battery depends on the type of car you drive. For example, a car that is start/ stop enabled will need a specific type of battery. Our battery fitting prices start from just £20 and our technicians will always provide you with a quote upfront for the cost of a new battery.

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Remember, you can also get a new car battery fitted through Halfords Mobile Expert. We can come to you work or home and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

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*Research conducted by Yuasa, July 2016