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Learn More About Your Mercedes-Benz Battery Service

Have you ever been running late only to get in your car and it doesn't start? Having a dead battery can be a massive inconvenience no matter what type of new or used Mercedes-Benz car or SUV you're behind the wheel of. You'll want to make sure that your car's battery is well taken care of, charged, and ready to go when needed. This requires routine maintenance and battery replacements.

Why Is Your Car's Battery So Important?

The battery in your Mercedes-Benz vehicle is like the heart of the entire system. It provides power to start, run, and drive your vehicle throughout Houston, Memorial, and beyond. The battery also powers the lights, radio, air conditioning, and more and will run down over time. Most non-hybrid batteries are considered a "wet-cell" battery, which is a mixture of sulfuric acid and lead within a plastic cube. Two terminals are placed on the outside of the box, which can be used to jumpstart your vehicle if needed. If your battery is dying or has died, it won't have enough power to start your vehicle or drive it.

Signs That Your Car Battery Is Dead

Knowing the signs of when your car's battery is dying is an essential part of the driving experience. Pay attention to your vehicle and take action to replace your battery before you're really stranded somewhere. The five signs of a dead or dying battery include:

  1. Nothing Happens - If you go to turn on your car and there are no lights, radio, or air at all, then your battery is dead. The first step would be to try to have it jumped by connecting jumper cables from an idling car, but if that doesn't work, your battery will need to be replaced.
  2. It Doesn't Start - If the engine cranks, but doesn't start, then most likely there isn't enough power left in your car's battery to complete the task. You'll want to have it jumped to regain some charge. The starter may also be the problem and should be checked out.
  3. It Starts One Day, But Not The Next - If your car starts like normal one moment, but then doesn't start the next time, there could be a loose, broken, or corroded terminal on your battery. Check to make sure that everything is tight and nothing is dirty or corroded. If everything looks good, you could be dealing with a parasitic draw, which is when something else is draining the battery's power.
  4. It's Hard To Start The First Time - Cold cranking is the term used for when you first start your car after it hasn't been driven in a while, like if it's been sitting all night and you go to start it in the morning. If your car doesn't start right away the first time, you may be looking at a dying battery.
  5. It's Been Jumped A Lot - If you have to jumpstart your car three or more times a week, you need to replace the battery as soon as possible. Doing multiple jumpstarts a week damages not only the battery, but also your starter and alternator.

How Long Does A Car Battery Last?

Most car batteries have an average lifetime of up to two to three years. Of course, this timeline varies depending upon the following items.

  • Weather
  • Leaving lights on
  • Multiple jumpstarts
  • Corrosion
  • Age
  • Idling
  • And more

Contact Mercedes-Benz Of West Houston To Schedule Your Battery Service Appointment

If you're from Katy, Cinco Ranch, or beyond and you'd like to schedule your Mercedes-Benz for a battery service appointment, feel free to use our online service scheduling tool or contact our service center today!

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