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Everything You Need to Know About Your Vehicle's Battery

When you’re on the road in Syracuse or any surrounding towns, the last thing you need is to get stuck somewhere with a dead car battery, especially in those colder winter months. Your battery doesn't last forever but with proper care, you can avoid issues on the road. Here are some battery warning signs and ways to make it last as long as possible:

How to Make Your Battery Last Longer:

  • Take longer trips-When you start your car multiple times a day, especially in very cold or warm weather, your battery is working hard. Try to combine multiple trips to the grocery store or other errands into one long trip to keep your battery in top-shape.
  • Monthly inspections-Check up on your battery every month and make sure everything looks normal. The most common problem with batteries is corrosion build-up, so checking out the battery each month will help you catch this before it’s too late. If you’re not comfortable with doing this yourself, bring your vehicle in to our service center and our technicians will take care of this for you.
  • Insulate your battery-If you live in Upstate New York or another area that has drastic temperature changes, you might want to consider using a car battery insulation kit. Some newer vehicles have this already, but if your vehicle doesn’t, it’s easy to do yourself! Make sure you get the correct fit for your make and model, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our technicians if you have any questions at 315-701-5898.

Battery Warning Signs:

  • Strange smells-If you notice a rotten smell coming from your vehicle, it might be a battery leak due to acid or fluid coming through. Get this checked out as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
  • A vehicle that’s slow to start-If your engine is sluggish or is slow to crank, chances are it’s your battery. Get it checked out to see if you’re in need of a replacement.
  • The check engine light is on-This could actually mean a number of things, but it’s possible that it’s your vehicle’s battery. Visit our service center for a proper diagnosis as soon as you notice this indicator.

If you need service for your Kia in central New York, Kia of East Syracuse is ready to help! Stop by our service department today.