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How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

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How long do car batteries last? Your car battery is possibly the most important part of your vehicle–your car won’t start and run properly if the battery isn’t in top condition. You can usually expect the average car battery to last around three to four years, but be aware that this interval can vary considerably depending on a lot of factors. You should also know the signs of a dying car battery, so you can get it replaced before it starts causing a headache for you on the New Haven roads. The service team at Hamden Mazda has all the details on the average vehicle battery life, factors that shorten your extend your battery life, and how to know when it’s time for a car battery change.

Average Vehicle Battery Life

When asking about the average vehicle battery life, different drivers will give you different answers. While most experts agree that you should replace your battery every three to four years, some drivers may suggest that you can wait up to five or six years. Others may urge you to replace your battery in as little as one to two years. Your owner’s manual may give you more information on when you should replace your battery; otherwise, use your best judgement and keep a close eye out for signs of a dying battery.

Getting your battery replaced when necessary is critical to keeping your vehicle running smoothly on the North Haven roads, alongside things like oil changes, brake service, and tire service. If you find that your battery is in need of replacing, you can schedule a service appointment right from our website.

Factors That Can Shorten Battery Life

There are two important factors that can affect your battery life, either prolonging it or shortening it. Here’s what you should know:

  • Driving Habits: While this might sound counterintuitive, not driving your vehicle frequently and leaving it sitting for long periods of time can actually weaken the battery. By contrast, driving more often and for longer can prolong your battery life. Also, be sure to turn the lights and power off when your ignition is off.
  • Climate & Location: If you live in a hot climate year-round, your battery will drain more quickly than if you live and drive in a cooler climate.

What Are the Signs Your Car Battery is Low?

There are plenty of key signs to watch out for that indicate it’s time for a car battery change. If you see any of the following as you’re driving, bring your car to our service center for a replacement as soon as possible:

  • 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

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Hamden Mazda!

If you have any questions about the average vehicle battery life, or want more information about the services we offer, feel free to contact our office anytime! You can also stop by our service center near Wallingford if you want to bring your vehicle by or talk to an expert in person. And if you’re looking to save on your next service appointment, we offer service specials updated all the time.

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