Living in Maine, we have to live with a few realities when it comes to our cars or trucks if we want them to last very long. Paying close attention to preventative maintenances is obviously part of this. Especially as we’re just about to jump head first into winter. Kias will start exhibiting symptoms of problems that are triggered by colder weather. Some of them can be difficult to diagnose but others aren’t too tough.
Sluggish starts, for instance, are usually a pretty clear sign that your battery is on its last legs. Whether it’s slow to start every time to turn the ignition or if it’s unexpected after a period of normal operation, chances are the culprit is the battery. The general consensus on the lifespan of your car battery is between 2 and 5 years if driving under normal conditions. In a place like Maine, you can expect it to lean more towards the 2 year mark. Now that temperatures are dropping pretty rapidly, you can expect an older battery to start showing its age.
Low power from the battery causes all the electrically powered components of the Kia to perform in a slower, more sluggish way. So in addition to the starter being slow, you’ll notice things like your headlights and dash lights will be dimmer and your windshield wipers will not be as quick.
So if your Kia just isn’t starting normally, bring it into Bill Dodge Kia and have our experienced technicians test the battery for you. If it is indeed the battery that’s causing the problem, we have a great selection of batteries at reasonable prices. Feel free to call or stop by today!