From time to time, batteries need replaced. If you change your battery, it is recommended by battery manufacturers that you disconnect the ground connection first to prevent accidental "short-circuits" between the battery terminals and the metal vehicle frame. Remember to be careful if you work around your vehicle battery yourself.
A battery failing and being unable to start your vehicle is a common reason to call emergency road service during the colder or winter months. A so-called "healthy" battery operating in 80-degree temperatures will have only about half the output when the temperature goes to zero. When your vehicle's battery is "dead" or "weak", it won't be able to power your car anywhere.
Vehicles are much more advanced than they used to be, and a lot of those advancements are in computer controls and electrical components, so make sure someone qualified is the one that is diagnosing and/or replacing the battery. Newer vehicles often require diagnosis to even find out if it is a battery problem. Sometimes other items like loose or corroded wires or connections, a loose alternator belt, or a faulty alternator or bad starter will show up like the symptoms of a weak or dead battery, when that isn't the case.
A technician will be able to tell you if your battery is dead, or if the problem is an extra drain on the electrical system being caused by a bad component. This can save you from replacing what may be a good battery.
Stop by our service department or give us a call and we'd be happy to help.