How Long Do Car Batteries Last?
Every day, we step inside a car, turn the key, and drive away to work, school, the store, or off to a weekend adventure. Still, there are times when the key is turned, and the car turns over a few times before starting or not starting at all. If a jump-start is needed or you’re experiencing issues when starting the car, it might be related to the battery.
The battery is an important part of the car. As you drive the roads of Amherst, Manchester, and Derry, do so confidently knowing your car battery will be there when you need it most. Ira Toyota of Manchester has put together this guide to answer the important question, “How long do car batteries last?” If your car is due for a battery replacement, schedule service with us online. We’ll be in touch to confirm your appointment.
The Lifespan of a Car Battery
When it comes to car batteries, the average lifespan for a gas or diesel engine battery is about four or five years. A hybrid or electric battery can last up to about eight years. Of course, there are factors that can change these general estimates.
Warmer climates are known to increase wear and tear on a battery. In a warmer climate or in hot temperatures, the battery will wear down faster because of water loss or a build-up of lead sulfate crystals. This can prevent the battery from doing its job.
Driving habits also affect the battery’s life. If you do a lot of stop-and-go driving with a lot of pressing on the brakes or take on a lot of short trips that may only be five or 10 miles, the battery might need to be replaced sooner.
Changing the Battery
There are some simple signs to look out for that can tell you it’s time to change the battery. If the car is starting in a sluggish manner or the ignition doesn’t get things going when turning the key or pressing the start button, the battery might be nearing the end of its useful life.
Also, keep an eye on electrical components. If headlights begin to flicker, power windows close slowly, or the radio doesn’t work properly, it could be time to have the battery replaced. All of these electronic components (and other parts, like power seats, windshield wipers, or dashboard lights) need electricity from the battery to work, so if they begin to give you trouble, think about the last time the battery was checked.
A visual check of the battery can never hurt. Pop the hood and take a look for any stains or corrosion around the battery. If any corrosion is visible at just a quick glance, then it’s possible the battery can’t be used anymore.
Toyota Service Center in Manchester, NH
Our qualified mechanics are here to assist you with any battery replacement. Our professional staff will work quickly to return your vehicle to the road as soon as possible. Along with battery replacement, we also offer other services for the overall health of the vehicle, such as oil changes, brake repair, and fluid top-offs.
Comprehensive Car Battery Service
The battery is a critical part of any car. If you suspect that your battery may need to be replaced, or you’ve seen some of the signs of corrosion as discussed in this article, contact us at Ira Toyota of Manchester.
We assist drivers in Amherst, Manchester, and Derry, NH. Make sure your car starts every time you step inside.