Ask most auto experts how often to replace a car battery, and they’ll likely tell you every 4 – 5 years. What’s important to remember is that there are several factors that can affect how long your particular car battery will last. In the guide below, our service team answers how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced, how much is a replacement car battery going to cost, and other common questions.
If you experience any of the following issues while driving in North Charleston, your car battery may be on its way out:
Each time you start your car and drive it in Mount Pleasant, the battery goes through a charge cycle. It can only withstand a certain number of cycles before it dies completely. Most car batteries die out naturally with time, but there are other factors that may affect how often to replace a car battery:
With proper maintenance, you should be able to get the full predicted lifespan from your car battery. If you’re unsure what that lifespan is, you might find the answer in your owner’s manual.
We always recommend having your car battery tested by a professional at least twice per year. If you want to test your battery at home in-between appointments, there are two easy ways to do so:
How to Test a Car Battery Using Your Headlights:
If your car fails the headlight test, you should schedule a service appointment to have the battery inspected.
How to Test a Car Battery Using a Digital Multimeter
The average cost of a new car battery is around $75 to $120, or up to $200 for premium batteries. The cost associated with hybrid car batteries is a different story. Because they need to work harder than a traditional car battery in a gas-powered car, a hybrid battery can range anywhere from $1,000 – $6,000.
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