Your car will often tell you when it needs Nissan battery service and replacement. If your vehicle has difficulty starting or turning over the engine, this should be your first clue that something is wrong. Cars with failing batteries may also have trouble with their various electronics. For example, your headlights may be dim, or your radio might not work correctly. Your powered windows or sunroof might not respond immediately or at all. Keep scrolling to learn more about bad batteries and what you should do about them.
While people in Hattiesburg, MS, don't often experience very cold weather, there are times when it can dip below freezing, and that's also when battery problems are more likely to strike. This is because a battery performs electrochemical reactions to generate power, which is then sent through its terminals. Just like you might be a little more reluctant to get out of bed in the wintertime, these electrochemical reactions can be a bit slower getting to work when it's freezing out.
Batteries must also be charged regularly to keep them in good shape. Since using your engine is what charges the battery, you need to drive your car fairly often to preserve its long-term health.
These drives should be 30 minutes or more. Shorter jaunts will use up battery power to start the vehicle without giving it time to recharge fully, which can have the opposite effect than the one you intend. Therefore, if you now work from home and don't have to drive as much or if your college student left their car parked in your garage, make sure to give it some regular exercise.
Our team can also help you extend this system's life. When you come to see us for other maintenance, like an oil change, we can look at your battery and perform car battery service, such as cleaning the terminals, tightening certain components, and making sure its fluid levels are correct.
In some cases, your vehicle may just require car battery jumper service rather than a full replacement. Looking under the hood might give you a clue. Batteries that are misshapen or that smell like rotten eggs are probably too gone to save. The first situation happens most often when the alternator overcharges the battery, resulting in an unpleasant gas buildup. The second often occurs when your battery is leaking. Make sure to avoid touching any potentially corrosive surface, as this can be dangerous to your health.
Many car batteries have an expected life span of three to five years, which can help you keep your eyes (and nose) open for problems. Your Check Engine light may also turn on to inform you of issues.
If your car isn't functioning at its best, schedule service at our department. Our team of experts can diagnose and resolve problems ranging from a dying battery to a faulty alternator to a failing oil pump. We can perform more regular maintenance, too, like oil changes and tire rotations. However, before stopping by, make sure to check out our Nissan service specials to see what maintenance or repairs you could save money on. If you have an active car battery warranty, mention that to us as well so we can apply it to your situation.
Not all Nissan vehicles use the same battery, making this a difficult question to answer, even if you have a purely gasoline-run car. If your vehicle is somewhat or fully electrified, that can also change the answer substantially. If you have an active Replacement Battery Limited Warranty, it might not cost you at all. For an honest quote of how much the service will cost, contact our team members.
A normal Nissan battery should last approximately three to five years, though certain circumstances can shorten its lifespan, like not being charged regularly enough. You should also avoid leaving lights or other components on when your car is not in use, as this can be very draining on the battery. As a general rule of thumb, hybrid and electric batteries last longer.
Battery service primarily includes an inspection of the battery, its terminals, fluids, and more. A voltage and load test will be performed to make sure the system is in good condition. If so, the terminals will be cleaned, and loose components tightened. We might charge the battery if necessary. However, if a serious problem is discovered, it may need to be replaced.