It's easy to take your Ford's battery for granted since it's out of sight and just works the vast majority of the time. But the battery has a tough job, responsible for engine ignition and powering all of the lights and electronics. And the consequences of a dead battery can vary from inconvenient (asking a stranger for a jumpstart) to dangerous (being stuck alone in sub-freezing Brunswick temperatures), so it's important to know the symptoms of strained battery and when to have it tested or replaced.

What are indicators you may need a new battery?

You can recognize potential issues with your battery before there's a failed start by noticing a few tell-tail signs, including:

  • The Battery/Check Engine light comes on
  • Ignition seems sluggish or strained
  • You notice battery leakage or corroded terminals
  • The battery case appears swollen
  • Dimming interior or exterior lighting (especially in combination with running the AC

How often should the battery be tested or changed?

While they have a strenuous job, batteries are pretty resilient, often lasting five years more depending on conditions and driving style. Still, after the three-year mark, it's recommended to test it twice a year.

How much does a new battery cost?

Battery prices vary depending on their size, brand, and power. Additionally, some batteries have features that improve their cold-weather starting capabilities. Reach out to Prime Ford Saco to learn more about which battery your Ford needs and get a price estimate.

Schedule Ford maintenance near Brunswick and South Portland

Whether you need a tire rotation or it's time for a new set, Prime Ford Saco welcomes you to schedule an appointment right here on our website. And if you have any questions about the recommended maintenance for your specific Ford model, we invite you to call or write to us at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you.

Categories: Service, Parts
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