Replacing the battery in your Ford Mustang is a simple but important task. How do you know which battery to buy based on your driving habits? Here's a quick guide to choosing the best Ford Mustang batteries for your unique situation.
Keep Tabs on Your Battery's Health
Getting caught with a car that won't start is no fun, so it's essential to know how to tell if your car battery is dead or dying. If you notice any of the following, suspect the battery:
- Your vehicle is slow to start. If it takes multiple attempts before your Mustang will fire up, or if you hear a lot of clicking when you turn the key, your battery may be dying.
- Your headlights seem a little dimmer than usual. You know how a flashlight starts to go dim before it dies completely? Headlights do the same thing. They're a great indicator of a dying car battery.
- You open the hood and smell sulfur. Battery fluids (water and sulphuric acid) should be sealed inside, and you shouldn't be able to detect the odor.
- Your battery looks swollen (even just a little bit). Hire a tow truck to get your Mustang to the nearest shop in this case. Swollen car batteries are dangerous.
Think About Where You Live
Do you live in an area with a moderate climate or one with extreme temperature swings? If you tend to experience cold winters where you live, you may find that it's difficult to start your Mustang in the winter. Choosing a battery with a high CCA rating may help. CCA stands for cold cranking amps and refers to the battery's ability to start the vehicle's engine in cold weather.
Consider Your Driving Habits
Car battery replacement should happen every three to five years, in general, but sometimes a battery wears out faster than expected. If this is happening to you, one reason may be that your battery doesn't get a chance to charge fully between uses. If you usually take your Mustang out for several short trips instead of a mix of long and short ones, your alternator may not be able to recharge your battery faster than it drains. Ideally, you will drive long enough to replace the energy that was used by starting the engine, and then some.
It's always a good idea to periodically drive far enough to charge your battery. However, if you have to make frequent short trips, an AGM battery may be your best bet. AGM stands for absorbed glass mat, which is a type of lead-acid battery that generally lasts longer and performs better under adverse conditions than a typical "wet" battery.
Pay Attention to Your Mustang's Accessories
Even seemingly insignificant items, such as phone chargers, map lights and upgraded audio systems, can drain your car battery in a hurry. To get the most out of your Mustang's battery, be sure you don't have any unnecessary power draws. Unplug electronics when you park your vehicle.
You don't want to get stuck with a Mustang that won't start, so consider your driving habits and climate as well as the condition of your current battery. Prepare now, and you'll know just what to look for in a replacement battery when that time comes.