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How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

Jumper Cables on Car Battery

How long will my car’s battery last? That’s a great question to ask. You want to know how long your battery will last so that you know when you will need to get it replaced. Unfortunately, the truth about how long your battery will last is the answer that no one wants to hear – it depends. In days of old, you used to be able to tell when your battery was fading. Unfortunately, nowadays there is typically no notice. Today’s lead-acid batteries do not always show signs that they are going to fail. Without warning, your battery may stop working. Thus, it would sure be nice to know how long it is supposed to last.

Here’s the closest answer that you will get: the normal range for battery life is 3 – 5 years. There are certain factors that play into how long your battery will last such as driving in cold weather and driving on rough roads. Keep in mind that your battery will age no matter whether you are driving your vehicle or not.

Some experts think that the life of your battery depends on your battery’s warranty. If your battery only comes with a one-year warranty, it probably will not hold out as long as a battery with a three-year warranty.

So, is there anything you can do to preserve your battery’s life? Well, there are a couple of ways that you can help to improve your battery’s life.  First off, you can avoid driving on rough roads. Bumpy roads jar the battery and can cause the connections to loosen. You can also help improve your battery’s life by making sure that your headlights aren’t on when your car is off. Information from Advance Auto Parts.

So what happens if your battery dies? You may need to get a jump. If you’ve never jumped a car, it can be confusing and dangerous to do so. Here’s the process for doing so:

To jump your car, you’ll need jumper cables and another car. Before you start, make sure that it is okay to jump the battery between the two cars. The battery voltage on the working car must be greater than or equal to the voltage of your car and you’ll want to make sure that neither vehicle has an electronic ignition system or is alternatively fueled. You’ll need to put both cars in park and attach the positive terminals to each other using the red clips. You’ll know it’s the positive terminal if it’s labeled “POS,” has a plus sign (+), or is the bigger terminal. Then, you’ll want to attach the black clip to the negative terminal on the other car and attach the other black clip to an unpainted metal surface in your car that’s away from the battery. From, there you will need to start the other car and let it run. After a few minutes, try to start your car. If it starts, you’re good to go.

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