Why is My Car Battery Leaking?

Battery Leaking

If you notice that your car battery is leaking, you’ll want to bring it into our service center as soon as possible. A car battery that’s leaking acid can be dangerous, so don’t try to change it yourself. Understanding what has caused the leak is not as important as knowing that you’ll need to acquire a new battery as quickly as possible—and our parts and service teams are here to help. In what follows, we explore the factors that can cause a car battery to leak so you can avoid similar problems in the future.

What Can Cause a Battery Acid Leak?

A car battery leak is always the result of a damaged or broken battery, and two events in particular are likely to produce this kind of damage:

  • Extreme cold that freezes the battery acid and causes the body to expand, resulting in an acid leak.
  • An accident that cracks the battery or damages the cell caps.

You should never try to jump-start a car with a leaking battery, as this can be very dangerous. If you ever notice leaking battery acid in your driveway, or under the hood while you’re performing a basic checkup, it’s always a good idea to visit a service center at the earliest opportunity. If you can’t start the vehicle or don’t feel that it’s safe to drive through Providence or East Greenwich, you should call roadside assistance.

How Do I Dispose of a Bad Battery?

Whether you’re dealing with standard household batteries or large and powerful car batteries, throwing damaged or expired batteries in the trash is never a good idea. Since lead-acid batteries have been declared hazardous waste by the U.S. EPA, throwing a car battery in the trash can result in significant fines.

If you need to have your battery replaced, you should always contact your local garage or service center and ask if they offer battery disposal services. If you have your battery replaced at Mercedes-Benz of Warwick, we’ll take care of everything in-house.

Get a Car Battery Replacement at Mercedes-Benz of Warwick

If you’re located anywhere near Warwick or Cranston, you can rely on Mercedes-Benz of Warwick for all of your battery repair and replacement needs. Take advantage of our parts and service specials to ensure that your next visit is as cost-effective as it can be!


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