The Motorist Guide on 5 warning signs you need car battery replacement

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A healthy car battery is essential for a smooth driving experience in Malaysia's hot and humid climate. But like any car part, batteries wear down over time.  A failing battery can leave you stranded on the side of the road, so it's important to be aware of the warning signs. Here are 5 signs that your car battery needs replacing in Malaysia:

1. Slow Engine Crank

This is a common symptom of a weak battery. When you turn the key, the engine cranks sluggishly or takes longer than usual to start. This is because the battery doesn't have enough power to turn the engine over quickly.

2. Dim or Flickering Lights

If your headlights, interior lights, or dashboard lights seem dimmer than usual, it could be a sign of a failing battery. The battery is responsible for supplying power to all the electrical components in your car, and a weak battery won't be able to provide enough power for it to function properly.

3. Battery Warning Light

Most modern cars have a dashboard warning light that comes on if there's a problem with the battery or charging system. This is a clear sign that you should have your battery checked by a mechanic.

4. Bulging or Leaking Battery

If the battery case appears swollen or bloated, it's a sign of internal damage and should be replaced immediately.  A leaking battery can also be dangerous, as the battery acid can corrode the metal components in your engine bay.

5. Advanced Battery Age

Even if your battery isn't showing any of the above symptoms, it's still a good idea to replace it if it's more than five years old.  In Malaysia's hot climate, batteries tend to have a shorter lifespan than in cooler countries.

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