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Your Car Battery Might Be Toast and You Don’t Know It

Your Car Battery Might Be Toast and You Don’t Know It

It often comes as a shock. You try to start your car but when you turn the key, there’s no response. Your doors strangely didn’t unlock with the key fob. The lights don’t come on. The radio doesn’t play your favorite song that you’ve set to repeat. And when you try to start the car, there’s nothing. No click. No purr from the engine compartment. Your car battery is stone dead.

Your car battery has a life expectancy. For most vehicles, it is usually between three and five years. In harsh conditions it’s shorter, and in mild areas, it can be longer.

How Do You Know When Your Car Battery is Toast?

You may have missed a few early indicators. While a select few batteries simply fail immediately, most will give off a few symptoms first.

You might notice a slight flicker from your headlights at night. Your battery might not have the power to support your headlights as well as it used to. It can be difficult to detect.

Your engine may turn over slower than normal. When you turn the key, it may feel like your engine is a little more tired before it roars to life. It’s the extra draw on the battery that makes it start slower.

You could experience a few funny electrical issues. A dashboard indicator could light up erroneously once in awhile or your radio stations could reset to their factory defaults. The power windows may even move slower than normal.

Or, you might need a boost. That’s a pretty good indication.

Can You Detect a Failing Car Battery Before It Leaves You Stranded?

Luckily, when you service your car at Jay Wolfe Acura of Springfield, you can have your battery tested as part of your routine maintenance. A factory-trained technician will perform a computerized car battery test to determine its health. If it’s weak or failing, it can be replaced before you experience the frustration of a dead battery.

 

It’s a great time to have your car battery tested before the extreme temperatures of winter, as well as the heat that summer brings. Have the experienced service team at Jay Wolfe Acura of Springfield determine if your car battery has the strength to get you through the winter.  

It Isn’t Too Early to Think About Winter Car Care

It Isn’t Too Early to Think About Winter Car Care

The leaves are turning colors and you need to rake the yard. There’s a chance of frost overnight. Using the air conditioning happens less frequently and you’ve scheduled a furnace tune-up. It’s autumn, and that means the snow and cold aren’t far away. And while you’re getting your home ready, have you considered winter car…

Where Can You Buy Acura Tires?

Where Can You Buy Acura Tires?

If you are an average driver in Springfield, you put on anywhere between 12,000 and 15,000 miles per year. At that rate, it’s only a few years until your new Acura begins to lose its grip…on the road, that is. Tires wear down, of this there is no way to avoid. Aggressive drivers will notice…

How is Your Acura Air Conditioning Doing?

How is Your Acura Air Conditioning Doing?

It’s that time of the year when temperatures start to climb. It’s shorts weather, time for a picnic, or a trip to the beach. It’s quite comfortable to be outside, but inside your Acura, the mercury skyrockets. How is your Acura air conditioning performing? Maybe you remember that it wasn’t keeping you all that cool…

When Your Fuel Mileage Doesn’t Seem Quite Right…

When Your Fuel Mileage Doesn’t Seem Quite Right…

There’s simply no avoiding the gas station when you own a car. If you plan on driving your Acura, you’ll need to fill the tank with fuel. But if it seems like it’s disappearing faster than it should or your fuel mileage isn’t as good as it once was, you there might be something going…

Don’t Forget to Check Your Fluids!

Don’t Forget to Check Your Fluids!

Whether you own a brand new Acura MDX, you’re leasing an Acura ILX or your Acura TL has a few years under its belt, proper maintenance will keep it running at peak performance and trouble-free. Between maintenance visits to your Acura dealer, though, you are tasked with a few simple items. You need to keep…

What is Variable Cylinder Management All About?

What is Variable Cylinder Management All About?

One of the most challenging parts of vehicle development is making them more efficient. There’s only so much you can do to reduce fuel consumption without siphoning away the power necessary for a great car. So, Acura has integrated Variable Cylinder Management, or VCM, into many of its vehicles. What does that mean to you?…

Why Should You Service at the Acura Dealership?

Why Should You Service at the Acura Dealership?

Hey, we get it. There are plenty of options around Springfield to service your new Acura. Your buddy at the shop on the corner, the great deals at the big box store, and the quick-lube shop just down the street — they all claim to be the right choice to service your vehicle. But can…

The Lowdown on TPMS Systems

The Lowdown on TPMS Systems

If you’ve ever had a flat tire on your Acura, you know the frustration that you experience because of it. For that matter, if you’ve even had a low tire and had to find a gas station with compressed air, you can empathize. And that’s precisely why TPMS systems were developed. You may recall at…

Need to Improve Your Fuel Economy? Here’s How

Need to Improve Your Fuel Economy? Here’s How

Your Acura has been expertly engineered for a great balance of power and fuel economy. But along with gas-powered engines come a variable that’s difficult to plan for — fuelling up at the gas station. So the best we can do is achieve the best fuel economy with what we have. You might feel like…