As a car owner, it’s a good idea to be familiar with some of the main components in your vehicle. One of the most important RAM parts is the battery. This guide will help you get to understand it better.

How Does a Battery Work?

When you turn the key in your car’s ignition, this causes a signal to be sent to the battery. The battery then takes chemical energy and turns it into electrical energy. This power is then sent to the starter, which gets the engine going. The battery is responsible for also powering the lights and other components.

How Long Do Batteries Last?

There are several things in a car that can last for many years, and even for the entire life of a vehicle. A battery, however, is not one of them. Their typical lifespan ranges from there to five years. This is why it is recommended that you have your battery tested yearly to see how much juice it still has.

How Do I Know I Need a New Battery?

There are generally some clear signs that your battery is on its last legs. First of all, if it takes a while to get your car started, this is a big red flag. The issue may be related to the starter, but there’s a strong chance that the battery is the culprit. If you frequently need to have your battery jumpstarted, this is also an indication that it’s worn out. Finally, if the battery is old, even if it hasn’t given you any trouble, you should consider being proactive and getting a new one.

If your battery is acting up and you’d like to have it looked at, just make an appointment with the service center at Jake Sweeney Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM near Cincinnati.