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: July 4, 2018
When to Change Your Car's Battery. There are several signs that indicate the battery in your car is failing and needs to be replaced. Sluggish engine cranking and unusual electrical problems like flickering headlights are telltale signs of trouble, though they may also indicate problems with your car's alternator. You should also replace your battery if it is bulging or has a rotten egg smell.
"Heat kills car batteries," according to John Banta, a Consumer Reports project leader and part of the team that tests batteries for the magazine. "Many times in cold climates, your battery fails to start your car on a below-freezing day. The reason this happens is that the heat of the past summers has weakened your battery. When you use it in the cold, the starter requires more electrical current to turn over the cold engine with its thickened oil." Leaving your car parked or stored for long periods of time can also lead to a dead battery that you will need to recharge before heading out for a drive.