Your Porsche’s battery has an important role to play in the day-to-day running of your car. Needed to power the alternator, start your car successfully, and provide power to your Porsche’s many electrical systems, without a working battery your car will be going nowhere fast. But how can you tell when your battery has reached the end of its lifespan? In this article we’ll be finding out.
A modern brand-new car battery can have a lifespan of up to 6 years. The two main factors that will determine how long a battery lasts are how long it is able to hold a charge for, as well as how many times it can be recharged before it will no longer charge.
In general, most cars will need a new battery every 4 years, though this projection changes depending on factors such as the model of your Porsche, your driving habits, maintenance record, and the conditions that you frequently drive in.
Your Porsche’s battery charges as you drive, using the energy produced by driving as a power source. That means your battery can fail prematurely if your vehicle remains parked for long periods. Short trips which don’t allow for a full charging cycle can also limit the projected time span of the battery.
Unlike other types of part failure, your Porsche’s battery will rarely tell you when it’s on its last legs, so it is good to remember the four year rule. However, the symptoms listed below can provide some indication that having your battery replaced at your next service is a smart move.
With time and use, the components of your battery will start to become less efficient. This will often result in a sluggish battery that takes time to provide the starter with the charge needed to start your car. This will result in a noticeable delay before the engine finally turns over.
Your Porsche’s battery is in charge of keeping all of the electronic parts of your vehicle powered. When the battery becomes old, it will struggle to provide enough power to properly power these devices. This will be particularly noticeable if you use multiple systems fail at once such as your fog lights, radio, and charger.
More commonly referred to as the ‘check engine light’, the EML may illuminate if the battery is close to failing, though of course there can be other reasons for the illumination of this light too. Either way, the EML always lights up for a reason so you’ll need to get to the bottom of the matter swiftly.
A battery that has become damaged can result in a battery acid leak. A sulphurous or ‘rotten egg’ smell when popping the hood can indicate this.
All batteries are prone to corrosion, therefore if when inspecting your battery you notice that the surface of the parts metal elements are coated with a white powdery substance, then it means you’re battery is suffering from corrosion. However, this can often be solved with a simple cleaning.
If your battery gets exposed to high heat or low temperatures, then its casing can become swollen or cracked. If you notice visible signs of warping, then you should definitely consider having your battery replaced.
The most simple reason why you’d need to replace your battery is because it has naturally reached the end of its life span. This can occur anywhere between 3-6 years, and once your battery passes its third year of life you should become more vigilant about having its performance tested.
Texans and Georgians can rely on the stellar service offered by our dedicated team at European Service Center to make sure their battery never fails them. Whether you’re a resident of Dallas, Houston, or Plano, TX, or Alpharetta, Chamblee, Cumming, Norcross, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Roswell, or Atlanta, GA, our 5-star service is close at hand. When it comes to battery problems, make sure you don’t delay in giving our friendly customer service team a call!