Your Honda's battery has a tough job. Not only is it tasked with igniting the engine, it also has to power all of the interior and exterior lights, advanced driving aids, infotainment, and the HVAC system. However, since it's located under the hood and out of sight, it's common to forget about it until there's a problem. And the consequences of a dead battery can range from inconvenient (asking a stranger for a jumpstart) to dangerous (being stuck alone in sub-freezing temperatures). So, it's important to recognize the signs of a strained battery and know when to have it tested or swapped out.

What are signs you may need a new battery?

You don't have to wait for a failed ignition to recognize potential battery issues. Here are some symptoms to keep in mind that indicate a fatigued battery:

  • The Battery/Check Engine light comes on
  • Ignition seems sluggish or strained
  • You notice battery leakage or corroded terminals
  • The battery case appears swollen
  • Dimming interior or exterior lighting (especially in combination with running the AC

When should I have my Honda's battery tested or changed?

Despite their strenuous task, car batteries are pretty durable and can last up to five years or more, depending on the operating conditions and driving style. However, after the three-year mark, it's recommended to have it tested twice a year.

As vehicle electronics advanced, battery replacement becomes less straightforward. But our factory-trained service technicians here at Prime Honda Boston have the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment necessary to determine any battery issues and, if necessary, replace it with a genuine OEM model, as well as perform all factory-required diagnostic procedures.

Reach out to Prime Honda Boston today if you have any questions about battery service or the recommended maintenance for your specific Honda model. And if you observe any of the above symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible. We'll be happy to assist you.

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