Your Ford's battery has a tough job. Not only does it handle turning over the engine during ignition, it also powers the interior and exterior lights, driving aids, infotainment system, and HVAC system. But since it's located out of sight, it's easy to forget about until a problem arises. And the effects of a dead battery can range from inconvenient (having to ask a stranger for a jump) to dangerous (being caught alone in freezing conditions), so it's important to recognize the signs of a fatigued battery and when to have it tested or swapped for a new one.

How do I know when I need a new battery?

Besides waiting until you can't start your vehicle, there are several symptoms that can alert you to potential battery issues in advance. You should bring your Ford to Prime Ford Auburn for examination if you notice indicators such as:

  • 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

Despite their strenuous task, car batteries are impressively resilient and can last up to five years or more, depending on conditions and driving habits. Still, after the three-year mark, it's recommended to test the battery twice annually.

How long does battery replacement take?

As vehicle electronics become more sophisticated, replacing the battery becomes less straightforward. But the expert technicians here at Prime Ford Auburn have the experience, skill, and specialized equipment to diagnose any issues, replace the battery with an OEM model if necessary, and execute all factory-required diagnostics in a timely manner. In general, replacing a battery can take less than 45 minutes, although the total service time can vary depending on certain factors like our current workload or the number of requested services.

Schedule Ford Maintenance near Westborough and Spencer, MA

If you have questions about battery replacement or the recommended maintenance for your Ford vehicle, please contact Prime Ford Auburn at your convenience. And if you need to schedule an appointment, you can do so quickly and easily with our convenient online service scheduler. We're looking forward to assisting you.

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