Kia Battery and Electrical Services in Massachusetts
Kia Battery and Electrical Services near Boston MA
Don’t get caught on your way to work with a dead battery! A healthy battery is a key part of maintaining your Kia vehicle. The car’s battery provides the necessary energy to start the engine, as well as, power to your vehicle’s accessories while the engine is not running. Signs of a weak or dying battery include; slow cranking and weak/dim lights while cranking. Learn more about proper Kia batteries and battery maintenance today. Don’t forget to check your battery service coupons when you visit Quirk Kia of Braintree, MA.
Car Battery life
Battery life cycles range from three to five years depending on the grade of the battery. Even though your battery is still working perfectly, an old battery can affect your vehicle worse and worse. Also, battery life changes depending on your driving habits. Short trips (under 20 minutes) and a long period of inactivity will shorten your battery’s lifespan.
How do I know if my battery is old?
There is typically a four or five digit code on the cover of your battery case. The first code is the key to knowing the battery’s manufactured date; A for January, B for February and so on.
How will I know if I need to replace my battery?
- Slow Engine Cranks
When your engine is turning on but it doesn’t start or takes longer to start, this could mean your battery needs replacing.
- No LightsYour battery powers all the accessories and lights in your car, especially when the alternator is not running. If your vehicle’s lights are dim, or non-functioning this could be an indication of a battery issue.
- Starts fine, but next time it doesn’t
Even though you can start your engine, you will need to check your alternator, accessory lights, fuses, radio, alarm and all other equipment. In certain conditions, your vehicle may still start even with a battery issue. However, you may notice certain electronics not functioning properly.
- The Battery Case is Swollen
If your battery casing looks bigger than normal, it is a sign that a battery life is decreasing and it should be replaced ASAP. You don’t want to risk a split and leak of battery acids.
- Smells stinky
If you smell rotten eggs (sulfur odor) around the battery, your battery may have a leak.
- Old age
Your battery is more than three years, you should start to expect your battery won’t last too much longer.
Testing your car’s Battery
If you think your battery needs replacing you can get a battery test at Quirk Kia. We will test your battery by performing a full diagnostic on it and providing you with feedback on it’s expected lifespan. If your battery needs replacing we will help you choose the best battery for your vehicle.
Check Engine Light
Your vehicle’s check engine light can display from a variety of issues. It could be as simple as a fault with a vacuum hose to a larger problem such as a malfunctioning catalytic converter. The best course to diagnose is to either use an OBD code reader, or bring it into Quirk Kia and we can do that for you. Sometimes the check engine light will turn off after a span of time, but this does not mean the problem has resolved. In order to maintain a safe and well functioning vehicle, it’s best to take care of these issues sooner than later in order to avoid other complications.