If your vehicle is hard to start and/or has dim headlights when the engine is turned off, your battery is getting weak and should be replaced with a new Genuine Lexus battery. Manufactured to Lexus standards for quality and performance, these batteries are the only batteries authorized for original equipment (OE) warranty replacement. They come with a 24-month free replacement warranty and prorated for the balance of the 84-month warranty period.
Is it time to replace your battery? If you answer YES to any of the questions below, it may be time.
- Is your battery more than three years old?
- Has your battery outlived its warranty period?
- Have any warning lights come on?
- Has your vehicle been jump-started lately?
- Have you had to use a portable charger to recharge your battery lately?
- Do the lights dim when the A/C or heat is on?
- Has your vehicle had alternator or belt problems recently?
- Is there visible corrosion on the battery posts or cables?
Our technicians here at Lexus of Sacramento have the latest battery-testing equipment available to determine your battery's health and state of charge to help prevent you from having a no-start situation. Schedule your appointment to have your battery tested, serviced or replaced. We will also properly dispose of your old battery to conserve our environment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know my car battery is bad?
There are 4 signs when it comes to auditing your vehicle’s battery health, and checking if the condition of it is bad.
- Your car is taking a long time to start, and/or you need to use the gas pedal when turning the ignition.
- You have dim headlights when driving with your vehicle’s Air Condition.
- Your engine cranks up very slowly when turning on the ignition.
- If your battery was manufactured 3 years ago. Some batteries have a round sticker on it telling you when it was manufactured (Month/Year). If not, then you can bring it here and our technicians would be happy to help you inspect your battery on age and health.
Does corrosion or the blue dirt surrounding my battery mean it’s getting bad?
No, but the blue dirt that is surrounding your battery can degrade its lifespan. This substance gets in the way when you are turning on your vehicle. So if you do see any corrosion (or blue dirt), we advise you to clean it out as soon as possible, since it can affect your battery's lifespan.
How can I remove the corrosion from my battery?
It's best to clean this out with a battery brush and some water. Of course, take the battery out of your vehicle before doing this and make sure it's dry before putting it back.
If you are still hesitant or uncertain on how to remove the corrosion, you can bring your battery to us. One of our technicians would be happy to help you clean and inspect your vehicle’s battery.
Could I drive with a bad battery?
You can drive with a bad battery. The real issue with this is the possibility of it dying. You don't want to drive around with the possibility of getting stranded every time you shut off your car. Instead of relying on chance, replace your battery and save yourself from all the hassle of jumper cables and faulty start-ups.
What are the implications of my vehicle stalling?
Stalling can be an issue you can run into when you have a bad battery. Due to how much the alternator has to work for the car to run with a weak battery, your car will stall out. Avoid making your engine overwork and replace your battery to optimize your vehicle’s performance.
Wouldn't jumpstarting the battery solve the issue?
Yes and no. Let's say you do get stranded with a dead battery and you use jumper cables to start the vehicle. It may have fixed the problem at the moment and you could possibly consider starting it like that for a while. However, the real problem to look into here is the alternator. Since the battery doesn't hold its original charge, the alternator will try its best to charge it, putting extra labor on it. This can shorten the lifespan of the alternator and then you will need to fix two things in your vehicle, rather than one.
When should I replace my battery?
If you have gone through the audit with ease, then you don't need to have your battery replaced. But, if one of the issues is occurring, then it's highly recommended to replace your vehicle's battery as soon as possible. If you are concerned even after the audit, don't be afraid to bring your battery for inspection. Our technicians will be happy to check your battery's age and health.
Are all car batteries the same?
Aftermarket batteries won't last as long as OE (Original Equipment) batteries. OE Batteries are produced by the official manufacturer, and can last up to 5 years. If you are looking for longevity in your vehicle's lifespan, then an OE battery should be your choice of replacement.