Motor vehicle batteries are designed to be highly durable and they are supposed to serve you, on average, for around 4 years before they need to be replaced. There are many signs that your Porsche battery has reached its end and they are easily noticeable if you know what to look out for. Here then are the telltale signs that tell you it’s time to replace your Porsche battery.
The battery plays a critical part when starting your car. It uses the stored energy to create a charge for the starter to get the engine going. After that, the alternator recharges the battery and keeps the electrical system running. However, that initial charge is usually a good indicator of the health of a battery. If it takes a while after turning the key for the battery to create a sufficient charge to fire up the engine, it means that it is not holding enough charge. That means that your battery has started to degrade and might need changing soon.
A properly functioning battery should handle all the car electrical components with ease. As long as the engine is running, the battery is recharged and all the systems should function properly. The first sign that you have a problem is when these components start to fail. What this means is that the battery is not holding enough power to run the electrical functions. Failing electrical systems and dim headlights are usually a sign that it is time to replace your battery.
There are various lights that may come on when your battery has a problem. One of the most obvious ones is the battery sign which is designed to light up if the battery is not charging properly or there is a problem with the flow of power from the unit. In some models, the check engine light will come on and while that is less clear, the first thing that a mechanic will do is to test the battery to see if it is the cause.
When a battery is damaged, it sometimes leaks a gas that smells like rotten eggs. This smell is caused by the reaction of sulfur compounds that make up the battery. When they leak, they cause a bad smell that is hard to miss. You should immediately have the battery checked immediately and most often, such battery units need to be replaced.
Corrosion on the terminals of the battery can cause a white substance to accumulate on the terminals. If unchecked, this corrosion can interfere with the flow of power in and out of the battery and create power problems. If this corrosion is persistent, you might want to consider changing the battery unit.
These are some of the indicators that your battery unit is failing. It is best to take action and replace it immediately when you notice these signs as a failed battery could stall your car and leave you stranded.