How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

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For drivers in Rogers, Anoka, or Coon Rapids, it’s important you don’t let a dead car battery ruin your day. So you might be wondering, how long do car batteries last? Although average vehicle battery life can vary due to several factors, most vehicles require a car battery change after three to four years. Read below to learn the signs of a dying car battery, and schedule an appointment with our service center at Cornerstone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to inspect or replace your battery before it’s too late.

Average Vehicle Battery Life 

Several factors can affect your average vehicle battery life. Scheduling routine maintenance checks, oil changes, tire and brake service can go a long way to extending your vehicle’s battery life. Meanwhile, long exposure to extreme climates, and how often you drive your vehicle can negatively impact the life of your car battery. Most importantly, it’s good to be aware of the warning signs that your battery life may be coming to an end. 

Signs Your Car Battery is Low

There are several indicators that your car battery is dying or low. Know the signs and schedule a visit with our service team to have it checked out. Here’s what to look for: 

  • The engine is slow to start: if your engine is slow to start, or you’re experiencing backfiring or a clicking sound when you turn the key, this is a sign your battery could be failing. 
  • The check engine light is on: although this indicator could mean any number of things, your safest bet is to have a mechanic inspect your engine and car battery, as it may be time for a replacement. 
  • Dim lights or electrical issues: since the battery runs the electricity to your car, experiencing a slow flow or delay in the current means it’s time to have your battery checked. 
  • A misshapen battery case: due to either a leak in battery fluid or keeping your car in extreme temperatures, your battery case may appear misshapen, indicating an issue with your car battery. 
  • Your battery is old: this is as simple as it sounds. If your battery is three to four years old, it’s time to have it checked out before you get stuck with a dead car battery. 

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Cornerstone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! 

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact one of our team members to help with all your car battery needs. And make sure you take advantage of our service specials to make the most of your visit. Give us a call today at 763-710-3248 to learn more about all the services we offer, or take a look at some of our DIY service guides, like how to bleed brakes. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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