How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Car Battery with Tools


How long do car batteries last on the roads of Latrobe and beyond? They’re one of the most important components of your vehicle’s starting and electrical systems – so it’s natural to wonder how long it’ll be between replacing them. Generally speaking, cars, trucks, and SUVs will require a new battery after three to four years. As a responsible car owner, it’s good to know the signs of a dying car battery, so you can ensure that you’re not left inside a cold Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram ride before work, with no spark under the hood. Keep reading to learn more about the average vehicle battery life, as well as the signs that you need a new car battery! Remember to contact us if you have any questions – we’re ready to help!

Average Vehicle Battery Life 

Ask any driver from Scottdale or anywhere else and you’re likely to get different answers on the average vehicle battery life question. Some drivers will tell you that you can, and should, wait up to six years to change a car battery – while others will suggest replacement after as short as two years. In the professional opinion of the Hillview Motors Service Center, you should schedule a battery change every three to four years to avoid starting/electrical issues.

Just like an oil change or brake service, a battery replacement is an essential factor in responsible vehicle maintenance. Getting your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle inspected for battery life is part of a regular visit to Hillview Motors’s Service Center – we want to make sure you’re able to start your car reliably! 

Factors That Can Shorten Car Battery Life

How many years does a car battery last? It depends! Remember, there are a lot of factors that can affect your battery’s lifespan in a negative way. As you start and drive your car over the months and years of ownership, even little things like your driving habits and location can shorten your vehicle’s battery life. We’ve gathered some examples of factors that can shorten battery life below:

  • Driving Habits: If you don’t drive much, and tend to leave your vehicle sitting for long periods of time, you could be weakening your car’s battery. Take it for a spin!
  • Climate & Location: It’s a scientific fact; driving in a hot climate year-round will weaken your battery more than if you drive in a cooler climate. 

Signs Your Car Battery Life is Ending

If you’re unsure of the signs of a failing car battery, you run the risk of not noticing a problem until the day your car decides not to start. In an effort to educate and prevent, here are the signs that a car battery is low:

  • 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 

The clearest signal that your vehicle’s battery is nearing the end of its life is the battery’s age. If your car battery is coming up on three or more years old, you should definitely visit our fully equipped Service Center near Latrobe for a battery test, and possible replacement if you’ve been noticing the above signs.

Schedule a Battery Change With Hillview Motors! 

Here at Hillview Motors, we’re proud to offer our customers excellent battery servicing for all vehicles, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and more! How many years does a car battery last? Now you know as well as anyone else! Looking for a deal on a battery replacement? Keep an eye on our rotating cycle of Service Specials! We’re just a short trip from Irwin, come by and visit us – we’ll be happy to help with any battery issues!

 

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