How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Car Battery with Tools

If you’ve had your vehicle for a while, you may start to notice some issues with your battery. So how long does a car battery last and when can you tell it needs replacing? Generally, a vehicle needs a new battery every three to four years. Keep in mind that this is a general rule of thumb. For more specific information, check out your owner’s manual or get in touch with our service team at Santa Cruz Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Average Vehicle Battery Life 

In order to avoid more serious issues due to a failing battery, you’ll want to schedule a battery change every three to four years. Whether your vehicle will need one in that time span will depend on your vehicle, your driving habits, and the road conditions you frequent on in Scotts Valley and beyond.

Much like oil changes and brake services, car battery replacement is an important part of your routine vehicle maintenance. Make sure that you have your vehicle’s car battery inspected as part of your regular service appointments to ensure it’s working correctly.

Factors That Can Shorten Battery Life 

As mentioned above, driving habits and geographic location can be draining your battery life. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Driving Habits: If you don’t drive much, and tend to leave your vehicle sitting for long periods of time, you could be weakening your car’s battery. During your commute, try taking the longer scenic route so your car’s battery has more time to charge. Also, make sure you don’t leave the power on when the ignition is off. Leaving an interior light on overnight can easily drain the battery. 
  • Climate & Location: Driving in a hot climate year-round will weaken your battery more than if you drive in a cooler climate. 

What Are the Signs Your Car Battery is Low? 

It’s important to know the signs of your car’s battery failing so you don’t run into bigger issues with it. When it comes to signs of your vehicle’s car battery dying, here’s what to look out for:

  • Check engine light is on 
  • The engine is slow to start 
  • Car lights are dim
  • Electric issues (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc. aren’t working) 
  • Connectors for the battery are corroded 
  • The battery case looks warped or misshapen 

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Santa Cruz Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! 

If you’re worried about your car battery or even if you’d like to learn more service tips and tricks, contact our service team near Capitola. We can help you get the services you need for your vehicle to drive safely. Schedule service when the time comes for a replacement.

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