If your car's battery is not working properly, you may be tempted to have it replaced. Be aware that while a battery may appear dead, there may be a problem with the battery assembly or wiring. If you follow these 3 troubleshooting tips, you may discover a problem that can be fixed without replacing the battery.

Tip 1: Inspect Key Battery Components

Always start by looking at a couple key components related to the battery. Begin by doing a battery terminal inspection. Look to see if there is any corrosion on the battery terminal, because poor connections can cause a battery to stop working.

Next, evaluate the overall condition of the battery. Does it appear to be leaking fluid? Are any parts of the battery bulging or swollen? If so, you may actually need battery replacement.

Finally, inspect the battery's harness. There will be wires connected to the battery terminal, which you should follow back to the harness. Look for damage that was caused to these wires that may be causing issues.

Tip 2: Verify The Condition of the Battery

If the harness and terminals look good, you can verify the battery's condition. A car battery will last between 2-5 years, though it can vary depending on your driving habits, the weather, and the battery itself. Look for the manufacture date, which should be stamped on the side of your battery. Your battery may fall under a warranty if it fails prematurely, so check with the manufacturer to see what kind of warranty it has.

You should take the battery to an automotive repair shop, because they are able to check the battery charge for you. The repair shop will tell you if the batter is having difficulties holding a charge, and if it is still in good condition. If the battery no longer holds a charge, you should purchase a new one.

Tip 3: Replace Battery Terminals

If you have terminals that are badly corroded, getting a new battery will not fix the problem. You will need to replace the battery terminals, which is very simple to do.

When selecting replacement terminals, select ones made out of lead that are corrosion resistant. Replacement involves unplugging the old battery terminals from the battery's wire harness, plugging the new battery terminals in, and reconnecting the battery.

Always attach the red cable first (positive connection), then the black cable (negative connection). It's a good idea to wear protective gloves in case there are any sparks.

By following these troubleshooting tips, you should be able to fix your car's battery. If not, contact a local auto shop (such as Parry Automotive (Barrie) Ltd).