Why does an auto battery lose charge?
There are two ways a battery can lose its charge. A short-term loss of power is the result of factors such as leaving your lights on overnight or driving short distances while using accessories that draw excessive amounts of power. In these cases, your battery may be recharged or jumped by another source and eventually regain power with the help of the alternator. That said, a faulty alternator may also be the cause of your vehicle's loss of power, as it is no longer charging your battery.
In the second case, your battery may not be able to hold a charge at all. Mileage and age are two key factors that will cause your battery to become unchargeable, as will a dead cell. Sitting for prolonged periods of time and extreme temperatures can also cause a permanent loss in your battery's ability to hold a charge.
Does the battery need any maintenance?
Modern car batteries do not require maintenance. After a visual inspection, your trained service technician may recommend servicing battery terminals if they become corroded. This service generally includes cleaning the posts and terminals, as well as applying a protective spray or grease.
How do I know my battery may need replacing?
Like all parts, batteries run their course. Most will last up to five years, depending on conditions and how often you drive. One sign of an aging battery may be an audible slow crank when you attempt to start your engine. You may also notice a check engine or battery light, or the strange odor of rotten eggs. These are all key indicators your battery may soon need replacing.
A free computerized battery test at your Lincoln dealership can be used to not only test the battery, but also your starting and charging system—including the alternator. A battery test printout will then show if it needs to be recharged, replaced or if further repairs to your system are required.
Why should I visit my local Lincoln dealership for battery replacement?
With over two million Lincoln vehicles of various models on the road today, it has never been more important to ensure your technician is familiar with your car or SUV's maintenance needs. Other benefits of dealership installation include:
- Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts
- Full-service maintenance and repair facility
- Parts and labor warranties
- Clean, comfortable waiting areas
- Pickup and delivery service to and from your home or business
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
The Lincoln Owner Credit Card
Auto repair needs can come out of nowhere. Oftentimes, they come at the worst possible moments. The Lincoln Owner Credit Card is a financing option that lets you pay for all service maintenance and repairs, including battery purchases and installation, at Lincoln dealerships across the U.S. It only takes a few minutes to apply and receive approval. Subject to credit approval, you'll be provided with a credit line to assist you with all in-store purchases, including:
- Motorcraft® batteries
- Extended service plans
- Loaner vehicles
- Body shop repairs/deductions
- And more
To learn more about the Lincoln Owner Credit Card, visit owner.lincoln.com/service/lincoln-service-credit-card.
Need a new battery? Each Motorcraft® battery features the latest technologies in design and engineering. They provide dependable power to today's high-technology vehicles across a wide range of conditions. Download your Motorcraft® battery or Lincoln service offers here. Then, contact your local Lincoln dealership or log into your Lincoln Owner account to schedule an appointment today.