My Car Won't Start - Should I Replace the Battery? | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

My Car Won't Start - Should I Replace the Battery? | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

You put you car key in the ignition, and… nothing. The engine won’t start at all. You might hear the starter click, but that’s about it. You call a friend — or BCAA — and have your battery jumped. And then the engine starts just fine. Does that mean you should get your battery replaced? Maybe.

Dead Battery or Bad Battery?

A dead battery isn’t the same thing as a bad battery. Car batteries can go dead for a lot of reasons. Maybe the alternator isn’t working or the belt is loose. Maybe you left the lights on. 

Instead test the starting/charging system. Your local autobody or dealership is equipped to perform all the checks on your car’s charging and starting systems to identify the root cause of the dead battery and make a proper recommendation.

Part of that test procedure will usually involve charging the battery and checking it to make sure it can hold a charge. If it can’t, it’ll need to be replaced.

Car Battery Replacement

Consider the age of the battery. If it’s within a year of its warranty expiration — which can be anywhere from four to nine years, depending on the battery — it might still be worth getting a car battery replacement, even if it passes all the tests. At that age, you're just testing time.

And remember, just because your car won’t start one day, don't assume the battery needs replacement. Have the system tested properly and find out what’s going on. Then you’ll be able to make an educated decision about whether to replace your battery or not.



Penney Auto Body & Glass, Vancouver’s Auto Body Collision Repair Shop, is an expert in paint and body repair and cares about the welfare of your car and your personal safety. If you get involved in an automotive accident or you're a victim of a vehicle break-in or theft be sure to contact Penney Auto Body for your auto body, collision repair, and car painting services.

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