How Often Do I Need to Replace My Car Battery?

After about 4-5 years on the road, your vehicle will likely need to have its battery replaced. However, the exact answer for how often to replace a car battery can vary based on numerous factors, so you may get more or less life out of your battery. Whether you’re asking how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced or how much it will cost, Hendrick Cadillac Monroe has the answers in the guide below. Keep reading or schedule an appointment today if you’ve had recent battery trouble.

How to Know If Your Car Battery Will Need to Be Replaced Soon

A dying car battery can negatively impact your commute to Charlotte in more than one way, so it’s very likely that you’ll know something is up immediately. Common warning signs include:

  • Lackluster headlight brightness
  • Voltage fluctuations
  • The engine needs revving to start
  • The engine fails to turn over completely
  • Multiple jump-starts in a short period
  • Turning the key or pressing the start button elicits a slow startup

Why is My Car Battery Deteriorating?

Car batteries are only capable of a certain number of charge cycles, so you should expect it to die eventually from the natural passing of time. However, there are some factors that can cause a battery to deteriorate faster than expected:

  • Outside Temperature – High temperatures outside can create the perfect environment for the liquids inside a car battery to evaporate, resulting in lowered battery life.
  • Loose Clamps – If you hit a bump or pothole in Pineville, the impact can loosen the hold-down clamps keeping your battery in place. If the battery is moving around when you drive, the vibrations can damage the internal parts.
  • Jump-Starts – Jump-starts can be a real drain on battery life. One jump-start incident shouldn’t impact your battery too much, especially if it’s still new, but multiple jump-starts can certainly start to add up.

Avoiding bumps and potholes in the road and double-checking that your vehicle’s lights are off can help you get the most life possible from your car battery.

How to Test a Car Battery at Home

Your auto service provider in the Concord area can test your car battery quickly if you think it’s losing life, but there are ways to test it at home too if you’re short on time. Below are two quick methods for how to test a car battery, the second of which will require someone to assist you.

How to Test a Car Battery with Your Headlights

  1. Run the engine with your car in park and the headlights fully on.
  2. Gently press the accelerator pedal to give the engine some power, noting whether the headlights get brighter.
  3. If the headlights are brighter when you rev the engine, it’s because the current lacks the strength to maintain full brightness when idling.

Using a Digital Multimeter and a Friend to Assist:

  1. Grab a voltmeter and set it at 20 DC volts.
  2. Pop the hood. Underneath, place the negative meter probe on the negative battery terminal (both are black).
  3. Place the positive meter probe on the positive battery terminal (both are red).
  4. Have your assistant turn the headlights on. What does the voltmeter say?
  5. At 80℉, a voltmeter reading of 12.5+ volts signals a 100% battery charge. 12.3 volts indicates a 75% charge, and 11.8 volts or less signals a charge of only 25% or less.

If your vehicle fails either test, you should bring it into your preferred service center for an inspection.

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery Expected to Cost?

If your battery is on its last leg, how much is a replacement car battery expected to cost in Monroe? A basic battery should only cost around $75 to $120, while a premium battery can cost a bit more at around $200.

Hybrid car batteries are more expensive because they are more complicated and can take longer to install. They usually cost between $1,000 to $6,000. If you’re considering a hybrid car in the future, remember that the battery cost is somewhat offset by fuel savings.

Need a New Battery? Hendrick Cadillac Monroe Can Help!

If you are in need of a new car battery, Hendrick Cadillac Monroe can help you out for an affordable price. Our parts department can ensure you get the right battery for your car, while our parts specials ensure you get the best price. With any questions, feel free to contact us at your convenience and we will be glad to assist!

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