22 November 2020 · Motoring Tips & Advice

Your Car Battery Questions Answered | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Your Hyundai car battery is responsible for powering the starter motor, lights, fuel pump, engine control computer and ignition system. Without it running at high capacity, your car just wouldn’t start properly - if it started at all. Neglecting your battery could leave you stranded, so we’ve answered your pressing car battery questions to help prevent any mishaps.

How do you know if you need a new car battery?

There are some symptoms to look out for that could suggest it’s time to replace your car’s battery. We’ve listed a few of the main signs below.

  1. Your engine is slow to start. A battery that’s nearing the end of its life becomes worn and less effective, so the engine may take longer to power up.
  2. Lights are beginning to dim. Your battery powers everything from your lights to your dashboard computer, and when it’s losing its charge, these elements may not run at their maximum power.
  3. The check engine light is on. Your check engine light can signify a range of things - a dying battery being one of them. 
  4. You notice a bad smell. If any damage has impacted the battery, this can cause a gas leak, which often smells like rotten eggs.
  5. There’s a whitish buildup around the terminal. A white or ashy substance around the terminal could indicate a corrosion issue. Be sure not to touch this substance, but instead call a mechanic.
  6. The battery is old. Car batteries don’t last forever, so consider when yours was last replaced.

How long do car batteries last?

The average lifespan of a Hyundai car battery is 4 to 6 years, and regular health checks are recommended to ensure there are no issues. There are a number of factors that could determine how long a battery lasts, such as:

  1. Weather conditions
  2. Vehicle type
  3. Driving habits
  4. The length and frequency of trips you take

How do you choose the right battery for your Hyundai?

Choosing the right battery for your Hyundai is important. Without getting factors such as size, brand, and reserve capacity right, your car won’t perform as well as it should. 

Remember that just because a battery fits snugly into the battery holding tray, that doesn’t mean it’s the right one. Speak to your local Phil Gilbert Hyundai Dealership to discover the right battery for your vehicle’s make and model.

How to maximise your Hyundai EV battery

Electric Vehicle batteries are designed to last a lifetime and are lower maintenance than other varieties. However, there are some simple tips to keep in mind, to keep your EV battery in top shape:

  • Don’t let the battery levels get below 20%
  • Charge the battery every 2-3 days
  • Avoid heavy acceleration and abrupt braking
  • Try to park in a shaded spot

Get a new battery installed at Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Contact Phil Gilbert Hyundai to get a new battery installed or have our team answer your questions. Whether you’re located near Croydon or Lidcombe, you’ll find our contact details here or browse our online store & range of batteries here .