How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

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Lifespan of a Car Battery

Your vehicle needs many important automotive parts to continue to give you the performance and reliability you want and need on the road. A battery is one of the most vital automotive parts your vehicle needs. Without a working car battery, your vehicle would not be able to start and it would not be able to run many of its crucial functions. Here you’ll learn more about the lifespan of a car battery, how long a car battery can last and signs that your car battery is beginning to fail.

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Lifetime of a Car Battery

First, it’s important to know that car batteries do not last forever and will need to be replaced regularly. While a car battery does not need to be replaced very often, it will eventually need to be switched out for a newer and more reliable battery. Typically, a car battery can last between three and five years, depending on many factors. If your car battery is more than five years old, you’re probably pushing your luck. Waiting more than five years to replace your battery may cause your battery to fail without notice, leaving you stranded. It is recommended that you have your car battery replaced at least every five years.

When your car battery is around three years old, you should consider having it tested to ensure that it is still in good condition, especially before winter begins as cold weather can really put a strain on your battery.

Signs of a Failing Car Battery

There are many signs you can look out for that will let you know that your car battery may be coming to the end of its lifespan and if you know what they are, you’ll never have your battery die on you. Below, you can view some of the top things you should keep an eye out for that will let you know your battery is beginning to fail.

  • Slow starting/difficulty starting
  • Bad smell coming from your battery
  • Some electrical systems are not working properly
  • Signs of leaking or corrosion around battery terminals

If your car battery is beginning to fail or is showing signs of vulnerability, now is the time to schedule a car battery service at Bannister Honda.

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