How often do you need a new car battery?
Standard Lead Acid Automotive batteries in our region typically last anywhere from 4 to 6 years before replacement. Many factors can play a role in the life span of your battery. The main factor is regular use and maintenance of the battery. Luckily for all of us, daily driving will do just about all of the required maintenance on your battery! Not allowing your car battery to "die" or run low on voltage will maintain the life span.
If your battery terminals develop corrosion they should be checked and cleaned ASAP. Maintaining a clean vent path at the terminal and a clean electrical connection will allow the battery to operate for its full life span.
Most car batteries are stored under the hood of the vehicle and readily accessible. During your routine service visits, we will monitor the condition of your battery and even run a quick test to determine the current state of the battery to avoid potential breakdowns.
Some vehicles have a battery that is located inside of the vehicle or in the trunk. Many of these batteries have an AGM or "Absorbed Glass Mat" construction rather than the traditional lead-acid plate construction. The AGM construction is a more stable battery for the inside of your vehicle with no liquid acid to be spilled or vented. AGM batteries tend to last slightly longer than standard batteries and are also more expensive to replace.
The best way to maximize the life of your battery:
1. keep moving!
2. Try not to sit and watch the kids practice with the radio on and the engine off!
3. have the battery checked regularly and maintained if necessary.
4. Plan on replacement every 4-6 years
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