How Long Do Car Batteries Last?
A battery is essential to the life of your car. Without a working battery, the vehicle won’t run, leaving you stranded in Lowell, Dracut, Tewksbury, or somewhere else.
Below, we’ll tell you how long car batteries last and how you can tell if you need a new one. Read through our guide and contact us at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury if you have any questions.
How long is the life of a car battery?
A car battery usually lasts four years under normal driving conditions. By “normal,” we mean the battery goes through full charge cycles, isn’t exposed to extreme temperatures, and isn’t powering up a ton of accessories.
Unfortunately, most drivers frequently make short trips on bumpy roads in the extreme hot or cold. They also have their array of smartphones, MP3 players, and other electronic devices that take a toll on the battery.
Vibrations from a rough road can shake loose or damage the plates inside the plastic battery case. Extreme heat can speed up the battery’s chemical reaction, shortening its life. And if you often take short trips, the battery can never get fully charged, resulting in acid stratification and a shorter battery life.
How do you know if your car needs a new battery?
There are different ways to determine when your car battery is beginning to fail. First are your driving habits, like we mentioned above.
Second is looking at the battery itself. If there are stains or corrosion, then the battery is leaking. You’ll also want to take notice of any strange smells. If you notice a rotten egg odor (sulfur) or an overheating smell, then the battery is on its way out.
If the vehicle takes longer to start or the lights are starting to dim, then the battery could be quickly draining.
The most obvious sign that your battery needs to be replaced is age. If you know that your battery is at least four years old, then you’ll want to look into getting a new one. If you’re not sure how old your current battery is, take a look at the letters and numbers stamped on the top of it. The first letter represents the month: A = January, B = February, etc. The number right after that represents the year: 8 = 2008, 9 = 2009, and so on. This determines the month and year that the battery was manufactured.
Replacing Your Car Battery
If your car battery needs to be repaired or replaced, then bring your vehicle to our service center. At our state-of-the-art facility, you’ll find a team of highly trained and certified technicians. They have years of experience working with all types of car batteries. As a result, they can determine if the battery needs a simple repair or a complete replacement.
If so, we’ll find the right battery for you based on several factors:
- Group size: The outside dimensions and where the battery terminals are. The group size of the new battery needs to match the one you’re replacing.
- Cold cranking amps (CCA): The battery’s capacity to start a car at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher the CCA, the better it’ll start in the cold.
- Reserve capacity: How long the car can run off battery power alone if the alternator suddenly died.
Schedule a Battery Replacement Today
To schedule a car battery repair or replacement, give us a call or make an appointment online. Supply us with some info about your vehicle, and we’ll confirm a day and time that work for you.
Don’t wait before your car battery fails. If you live near Lowell, Dracut, or Tewksbury, schedule service at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury today!