One component of your car that you hardly ever think about is also one of the most important. Without it, your car wouldn’t start and you could be left stranded somewhere. I am talking about your car’s battery. A battery that is in good condition will ensure that your car will start every time, no matter what the weather is like. With that being said, what do you really know about your car’s battery? Besides knowing that it helps start your car, do you know how long it should last and the steps you should take to care for it? This article will provide some useful information about your car’s battery and help you understand more about this important component of your car.
Did you know that your car’s battery loses charge just sitting in your driveway? It can deteriorate and weaken making it difficult to start your car. If left to sit for long periods of time, it may not have enough charge to start your car. If your car seems hard to start or it cranks over slowly after sitting, your battery might need recharging or replacement. Some newer batteries won’t show any signs of deterioration and they will just not be as effective any more.
So how long should your car battery last? Many of today’s modern car batteries will last around three years and should come with a sticker or tag attached showing the date of manufacture. If your car’s battery is showing signs of weakness, check the sticker and see if it is time to replace it.
Signs of Car Battery Failure
While some batteries might let you know that they are weakening, this isn’t true of all of them. Some common signs of a battery that is ready to be replaced are: slow cranking, random electrical issues and a no start or if frequent charging is required.
You can also inspect your car’s battery for signs of corrosion or battery acid leakage on the case. This is a sign that your battery will need to be replaced. Your battery comes with a manufacturer’s warranty and this will help you gauge just how long your battery should last.
Cost of a Car Battery
If your car’s battery is in need of a replacement, you should know that on average, most car batteries run between $149 and $202. This price reflects the cost of the battery and professional installation. When selecting a new battery for your car, we recommend that you choose the highest quality battery available as it will generally last longer and will ensure easy and dependable starts. You should also keep your car’s battery in good shape and inspect it often and clean it if you find any corrosion on the terminals. Here is an easy way to clean your car’s battery terminals to ensure longer life:
- Safety first! Always wear gloves and goggles.
- Carefully disconnect the negative battery terminal first and then the positive terminal.
- Make a solution of 1 cup of hot water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- Using an old toothbrush, scrub along the posts and the top of the battery with the baking soda solution until the battery terminal and case are clean.