Signs That Your Car Needs a New Battery

Don’t wait until you find yourself stranded with a car that won’t start to acknowledge issues with your battery. Instead, pay attention to these five warning signs that your car needs a new battery, and save yourself the headache of towing a vehicle with a useless battery.

Car Battery

  1. Slow engine turnover. If you have noticed that your car is slow to crank when you start the engine, your battery could be failing. Have a technician test your battery life before you find it won’t crank at all.
  2. Dim lights. If you notice the lights in the cabin, dashboard, or exterior are more dim than normal, it could be related to a lack of power in the battery.
  3. Check engine or battery dashboard light. Don’t ignore your dashboard lights. The check engine light and the battery light can be an indicator that your battery is losing power.
  4. Low battery fluid. Car batteries usually feature a translucent area in the battery casing where you can check the fluid level.When the fluid falls below the lead plates inside, it’s time to have your battery tested, and likely replaced.
  5. Age. Car batteries tend to have a useful life of around three years. It’s always a good idea to have your battery checked at the three year mark.

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Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we can help you determine if you need a new car battery. If you have any concerns about the life of your battery, make an appointment with our service department today!

Chevy Headlights, Taillights, and You

The winter months mean cold temperatures and slick streets, but they also mean shorter periods of daylight. During this time it’s important to know some signs of wear on your Chevy headlights and taillights. These lights not only help you see better and further, they also help people see you.

Cold temperatures affect your battery, so make sure you have a strong battery. This will help keep your headlights and taillights strong. Another aspect that is often overlooked is cleaning your headlights and taillights. While some may not wash their vehicle as frequently during the winter months, keeping those headlights and taillights clean will increase your visibility.

In the event that your headlights and/or taillights have gone out replacing them in a timely manner is critically. Not only do you want to have full visibility again, but you don’t want to keep non-working parts in your vehicle. A dead bulb may create excess corrosion and damage the socket or wiring. Each Chevy vehicle is a bit different in how the lights are housed, so make sure to check your owner’s manual to find out the specifics of you vehicle. Or you can always take your vehicle to your local Chevy service center and have the lights replaced by a Certified Service Technician with genuine GM parts.

Your headlights and taillights are an extension of your eyes on the road. Make sure you take care of them so that you stay safe this winter and throughout the year.

And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!