Your car's battery is a crucial part of your ride. The battery can provide power for your engine and accessories and help you and your passengers get where you're going safely and comfortably. If you have any problems with your battery, it's essential to immediately bring your vehicle in for service by trusted professionals. At Apple Nissan, our skilled technicians are ready to help you get back on the road. Read on to learn more about car batteries and why keeping yours running smoothly is vital.

What Is a Car Battery?

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Your car battery is, essentially, the device that provides the energy to get your car going. When you turn your car on, the battery turns on the starter motor, ignition, and fuel system. As the vehicle starts running, the alternator takes over, supplying energy to the car's systems and recharging the battery the next time you turn on the vehicle. 

When the vehicle is off, your battery can provide short-term power for things like the car's lights, stereo, GPS, or wipers. Located next to the engine under your vehicle's hood, your battery is a crucial aspect of driving. That's why it's essential to give it the care it needs.

How Frequently Should You Change Your Car Battery?

In general, most people should change the battery in their car every three years. This number can vary by model, so you should always consult your car's owner's manual to look for any service recommendations. Remember that some factors can limit your battery's life span. For example, excessive short drives, corroded battery cables, or extremely hot or cold temperatures can wear out your battery sooner than expected. Not sure if you're due for a battery replacement? Stop by Apple Nissan today and let us test your battery to see how well it's performing.

Signs That You Might Need To Replace Your Battery

No matter where your battery is in its life cycle, it's essential to look out for potential damage signs. Here are a few examples of situations where you might want to bring in your battery for testing and potential replacement as soon as possible:

Your Car Doesn't Start

Since your battery allows your car to go forward, any inability to start the vehicle can indicate a battery problem. In some cases, you can temporarily wear out your battery by doing things like leaving the lights or stereo on overnight. If this is the case, a simple jump-start should get you going again, at which point your driving can begin recharging the battery and getting things back to normal. If there's no discernible reason for your battery's death, it might mean it's getting old and ready for a new version.

The Battery or Charging System Light Comes On

Like other car problems, an illuminated light on your dashboard can indicate an issue. For the battery, you may see a battery symbol or charging system light shining as you drive. For your safety and peace of mind, bring the car in as soon as possible to ensure everything is OK.

Electrical Car Components Start to Malfunction

Another indicator that your battery is faulty is if the car's electrical systems begin to malfunction. Since the battery often fuels these systems, they can be some of the first things to go wrong when your battery starts to falter. Some examples of these malfunctions include a security system going off randomly or lights not working correctly. 

Can You Drive With a Faculty Battery?

If your battery isn't dead, you can still drive with it. However, this can be risky as you may not be able to restart your vehicle once you turn it off. In some cases, you can get a jump-start on a battery that isn't dead yet to get the engine started. But this might not always work as your battery gets worse. Plus, you don't want to be stuck in a situation where no jump is available.

When a battery begins to malfunction, it's best to bring it in as soon as possible to avoid becoming stranded. Especially in particularly hot or cold weather, an old battery can go out unexpectedly. This can leave you and your passengers scrambling to stay out of the cold.

What Happens When You Bring Your Car in for Battery Service?

At Apple Nissan, our skilled technicians will help you get to the bottom of your battery troubles and get back on your way. First, we'll run a battery check to see if your current battery is performing correctly. If not, we can help you find a quality battery replacement through our fully stocked parts center. If there's another issue with your system, like a corroded battery cable, we'll walk you through your options to get your car back and running as soon as possible.

Bring Your Ride to Apple Nissan's Service Center Today

When anything goes wrong with your battery, you'll want to act quickly to get things back on track. That's why our Apple Nissan service center is here to help you in any way we can. Not only are our technicians highly trained, but they're also here to answer any questions you have and make you comfortable with your service. Plus, with our impressive collection of service coupons and offers, you will surely get a good deal on some excellent service. Schedule your service appointment with us today.

Your battery is an essential part of your ride. That's why we're passionate about providing you exceptional battery service at Apple Nissan in York. Do you have questions about your car's battery or the inspection and replacement process? You can always give us a call. We can't wait to meet you and help you get your car back on the road.

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