The battery of your car plays an important role such as powering the electrical components of the vehicle. A weak battery may leave you unable to use your vehicle. You should look out for these warning signs that your battery may be nearing the end of its life cycle.

1. Dim Headlights
A weak battery will not provide the required power to the electrical components, which will cause your headlights to be dim and not shine as bright as they need to.

2. Clicking Noise/Slow Start
Your vehicle should start as you turn the key. Any delays during this process, such as clicking noises or the engine simply not turning over may indicate a faulty battery.

3. Battery Is Corroded
Battery acid can often leak out of the connection points, causing a build-up on the battery. Wiping away the corrosion at the connection points may work for a short time, however, this will cause your battery to not function at its optimal voltage.

4. Car Doesn’t Start
Cars are designed to start by simply engaging the ignition. While several tries to start your car with eventual success may imply an issue with the starter, the inability to start may be your vehicle’s way of indicating the need for a battery change.

5. Backfiring Engine
A battery at the end of its life may create sparks, which would cause fuel to collect in engine cylinders. The ignition of this fuel can cause a reaction called a backfire.

6. Battery Warning Light Comes On
If your battery warning light comes on while you’re driving, it means that your battery is no longer being charged and is running only on its own charge. The battery will eventually run out of power that will cause the vehicle to come to a stop.

These are just a few of the signs to be aware of. If you think your car battery may need replacement, bring your vehicle to VAG Spec Centre today!

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