Nothing puts a kink in your day like a dead car battery. Like all automotive parts, batteries will eventually age and require replacement. At Ferry Farm Repair, we understand the frustration of a failing battery, and we recommend watching for warning signs that your battery may be dying.

Signs Your Battery May Be Failing

  • Sluggish or slow starting.
  • Dash lights working, but the engine will not start.
  • Corrosion on the battery terminals.
  • More frequent jump-starts required.

Sluggish or slow starting is a definite sign of a weak battery. Clicking with no turning over may indicate a battery too weak to activate the starter, but can also be indicative of other problems, such as a failing starter. Have the battery tested to determine which problem exists.

If the dash lights and radio come on, but the engine will not turn over, chances are extremely good your battery is dead. In this instance, a jump-start will get you on the road, but the battery should be replaced.

Corrosion on the battery terminals can result in an incomplete connection and can indicate leakage of battery acid, a sure sign of a battery at the end of its life. If corrosion is present, the battery should likely be replaced.

The need for frequent jump starts is always a good indication it’s time for a new battery. Older batteries lose the ability to hold a charge and will run down, requiring a jump start.

If you are unsure how old your car battery is or if your car is experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help. The experienced staff at Ferry Farm Repair will test, diagnose and, if needed, replace your aging or dead battery. If you are a car owner in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, King George, or Stafford, call or stop in today and let us get you back on the road.