The general advice of experts is that you should replace your car battery every 4-5 years, but really, your battery life can vary widely. There are a few factors that can affect your battery’s life, including how and where you drive. Learn all about car batteries from us here at Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover, and if you have any questions, contact our Birmingham area service center.
Here are the basic warning signs that your battery is reaching the end of its life:
Your car battery’s life will vary depending on how much it is being deteriorated by its environment or use. Here are some of the most common causes of battery deterioration:
Remember, always consult your owner’s manual. It should contain the best estimate of how long your car battery will last with proper care.
You can always have your car battery tested during your regular maintenance at our Vestavia Hills-area service center, but if you want to test it between those visits there are ways to do so. For one, many retailers offer free tests, or you can test the battery at home with these easy methods:
The Headlight Test:
Using a Digital Multimeter:
The typical cost of a car battery ranges between $75 and $120, but if you have a premium battery it could be up to $200. If you drive a hybrid car, hybrid car batteries have a much bigger job. This means that they are much more expensive, and can cost anywhere from $1000 to $6000. Thankfully, this is usually offset by the much lower gas consumption on the streets of Bessemer.
If you’re ready to replace your battery, visit the Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover parts center and check out our rotating parts and service coupons ahead of time! That way, you won’t miss out on a great deal when scheduling service with us. Still have questions about car batteries or other issues with your car? Don’t hesitate to contact us and ask, or read our other service tips!
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