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How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery


Typically, car batteries last about three or four years. Keep in mind that this interval can change from model to model. We at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda believe that it’s important to know the signs of a dying car battery so we have put together a guide on how long car batteries last and more. Check out our service guide with our service team at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda, then schedule an appointment to learn more about your vehicle’s average battery life as well as the signs you need a car battery change.

Average Vehicle Battery Life

This differs depending on a few factors. Some Sherwood drivers may suggest waiting five or six years to change a car battery while others may suggest waiting as little as one to two years. In general, a good way to avoid more serious issues is to schedule a battery change every three to four years.

Much like oil changes and tire services, car battery replacement is a crucial part of routine vehicle maintenance. It’s important to have your battery inspected to ensure it’s working properly.

Factors That Can Shorten Battery Life

Over time, your West Linn driving habits as well as your location can shorten battery life, resulting in the need for a battery change before three or four years:

  • 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?

Not sure about the signs of a failing car battery? There likely won’t be any noticeable signs until you find your car won’t start. Here are a few signs to tell you if your battery is starting to fail:

  • 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

The most obvious sign of a battery problem is when your battery is nearing the end of its life. If your car battery is reaching three years old, schedule service with us at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda for a battery load test to make sure it’s still working properly.

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda!

Contact our team at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda to learn more about car batteries, oil changes, and other important services. We look forward to helping you care for your vehicle.

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