Does My Vehicle Battery Need to Be Recharged or Replaced?

Every driver should understand the importance of their car batteries, and most will have to deal with a weak or dead battery at one point or another. If an automotive battery is failing, you can count on not going anywhere with your car. The good news is that batteries can be tested and recharged or replaced if necessary at Richman Automotive & Towing.

Signs of a Faulty Car Battery

It's not hard to tell when your vehicle's battery loses power. Some tell-tale signs of a battery that cannot hold a charge include dimming interior lights, headlights, tail lights, or starting trouble. Furthermore, most automobiles nowadays even have a designated dashboard warning light or a warning message that pops up whenever your car's computer detects an error. These are helpful because it will signal whether your battery issue is worth looking at and legit or not.

To Recharge or Replace 

What are the next steps? Whenever you suspect your battery is bad, the first thing you should do is open the hood and inspect it. If it is clean and everything checks out, you may have just accidentally left your car lights on. The solution would be to jump-start your vehicle. You may notice minor signs of corrosion, which can easily be cleaned off and followed with a recharge. Severe corrosion combined with a longer battery age may require a total replacement altogether. The decision on whether you should replace or recharge your car battery ultimately depends on its age and condition. If you're unsure how to assess these, the certified technicians at Richman Automotive & Towing would be glad to help.


If your car battery isn't performing like it used to, we welcome you to bring your car to our Des Moines auto repair shop. We can perform tests and inspections on your existing battery to determine what type of electrical services are needed. 

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