The car battery is one of the most important parts of your car. Without it, you won’t go anywhere. It will eventually let you down and leave you stranded if you don’t take care of it. Most car batteries last about three to five years, depending on the way you drive, the weather and other factors.
Most manufacturers recommend that you get your battery tested at least twice a year. You should test it in fall and again in spring. Extreme hot and cold weather is the most common thing that wears it down. Cold weather makes a car battery work harder to start your car or truck’s engine. Plus, the cold causes it to lose voltage due to a slow chemical reaction. Hot weather causes battery acid to evaporate slowly, which eventually lowers the amount of acid. Then, it stops taking a full charge and keeps it from producing as much power as it should. It can also cause corrosion to your posts and cables.
What other factors will affect the life of my car battery?
Short Trips: If you take many short trips (less than 20 minutes), your battery won’t have enough time to fully recharge, shortening its overall life expectancy.
Slow engine crank: When you attempt to start the vehicle, the cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start.
Check engine light: The check engine light sometimes appears when your battery power is weak. Strange system indicator lights, such as check engine and low coolant lights, could mean there’s a problem with your battery (It could also just mean you need more coolant).
Low fluid level: Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can always keep an eye on the fluid level. If the fluid level is below the lead plates it’s time to have the charging system tested. When fluid levels drop, it’s typically caused by overcharging (heat).
Swollen case: If your battery casing looks swollen, this could indicate it’s gone bad. You can blame excessive heat for that.
Battery leak: Leaking also causes corrosion around the posts. You may notice a pungent, rotten egg smell. The gunk may need to be removed; otherwise, your car may not start.
Old age: Your battery can last well beyond three years but, at the very least, have its current condition inspected on a yearly basis when it reaches the three-year mark. It might be time to get it checked to see if you need a new one or if it just needs some charging and maintenance. Either way, we have all the testing equipment needed and our expert team can offer the right solution for your needs. If your battery doesn’t pass the test we can also advise on the best and most economical replacement.
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