- A rotten egg smell indicates an old or overcharged battery. Your battery is probably nearing the end of its functional life.
- Is your engine slow to turn over? Accessories failing, or performing at reduced capacity? That’s another sign of an aging battery.
- Check your lights. Dim or flickering lights can mean a dwindling battery and/or charging system.
- Do you know when your battery was last replaced? If not, it’s probably been too long. The average battery life in modern vehicles is typically 3-5 years, depending on where you live.
- A bulging or cracking battery case? It’s time to call AAA for a battery test.
Changing temperatures and vibration can loosen claps. Locate your battery and twist the clamps to see if they are loose. If they are, tighten the clamps and attempt to start your vehicle.
Dirty or corroded terminals can cause excessive resistance, and ultimately a slow or no start. Clean your terminals using a brush, gloves, and safety glasses. Don’t let that snow-like dust contact your skin or clothes; it’s corrosive and can burn your skin and ruin your favorite pants.
Test and Replace
Contact AAA to have a AAA Battery Service Technician come out and test your battery, starting, and charging system. If your battery fails, our technicians have stock on their service trucks to replace your battery quickly—and they’ll recycle the old one for you.