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A reliable and operational battery is crucial for your vehicle’s performance and your peace of mind out on the open road. Knowing the warning signs of a failing battery can help you avoid unexpected breakdowns and ensure your car turns on when you need it the most. Below, the vehicle service experts here at Waterloo Kia have put together a list of warning signs to help you identify when it’s time to stop in for battery service. 

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Active Battery Warning Light 

Modern Kia vehicles are equipped with a battery warning light on the dashboard. If this light illuminates, it’s a direct signal that there’s an issue with your battery or the charging system. Don’t ignore this warning: Schedule a visit to a trusted service centre like Waterloo Kia to diagnose and resolve the problem!

Slow Engine Cranking 

One of the most noticeable signs of a failing battery is a slow engine crank. If your car takes longer than usual to start or the engine cranks slowly, it’s a clear indication that your battery may be losing its charge. Don’t ignore this warning sign; visit Waterloo Kia for a thorough battery inspection and replacement if necessary.

Dim or Flickering Lights

Your vehicle’s battery powers all the electrical components, including the headlights, dashboard lights, and other electronic accessories. If you notice dimming headlights or flickering interior lights, it’s a strong indication that your battery is struggling to supply enough power for those features to work as intended.

Other Major Signs of a Failing Battery 

There’s no shortage of red flags that drivers should be aware of when it comes to battery health. In addition to the three listed above, drivers should also consider stopping in for battery service if: 

  • The battery casing is starting to swell
  • The battery is older than five years 
  • The battery emits a sulfuric, rotten egg-like odor 
  • Your vehicle requires regular jump starts to get going. 

Stop in for Service at Waterloo Kia 

Waterloo Kia can help drivers in the Waterloo, Ontario area with all their service needs, including battery checks and replacements. Our dealership, located at 583 Colby Drive, has an extensive and well-equipped service centre, along with a friendly and knowledgeable team of Kia vehicle experts. Book a service appointment with us, today.