When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

How much does it cost to replace a car battery? What symptoms might there be of a weak battery? How frequently should a car battery be changed? All of these inquiries are common at Auto Sales, and it's important to understand the value of a reliable car battery. In general, replacing your battery every four to five years is a smart idea, but since battery life can vary greatly, you should take other aspects into account before scheduling an appointment. How long a car battery will survive is a complicated subject, but there are some generalizations that can be made based on decades of industry experience. First off, we are aware that three crucial variables heat, time, and vibration have a significant impact on the lifespan of a car battery. Let's examine each in more detail.

Car batteries age with time and have a limited lifespan, just like people. Batteries eventually deteriorate until they are unable to supply enough power to start an engine, even under optimum working conditions. Battery aging is also influenced by driving habits. Batteries in cars that are usually used for short excursions may not be able to fully recharge, while batteries in cars that are left parked for a long time naturally self-discharge.

Heat speeds up the chemical process that batteries employ to produce power, but it also quickens the rate at which batteries deteriorate. A battery may last five years or more in cooler northern regions, while three years is more common in hot southern settings. Additionally, batteries are exposed to a tough environment under the hood, where in hot weather temperatures can easily reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Vibration, which results in the physical degradation of internal battery components, is the final important element in battery life. Batteries are held in place and kept from moving around by special hold down hardware to reduce the impacts of vibration. Battery life can be drastically shortened by missing or sloppy hold downs.

Even though it happens less frequently than the issues mentioned above, a broken charging system will shorten battery life. Consistent under- or overcharging hastens the aging of batteries. If you need a car battery replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Bimmer Motor Specialists today!