How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

How Long Does a Car Battery Last?“How long does a car battery last?” It’s one of the most common questions we hear when serving our customers in and near Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte, PA. Most drivers fear being stuck on the road with a dead battery, so one of the first things they check into is whether their new or used car will support a battery well.

If you are a first-time driver or otherwise unfamiliar with how your car battery works, it’s vital to learn this information now. Fortunately, we love helping our drivers learn everything about their cars. Use our quick primer to familiarize yourself with the car battery, how it works, and most importantly, how long you can expect it to last.

What Does My Car Battery Do?

How Long Does a Car Battery Last?“Car battery” might sound like a misnomer. After all, cars run on gas, electricity, or a combination, not batteries, right? Well, sort of. Your car battery doesn’t make your motor move. However, it supplies the correct amount of current to the motor, so you can get where you want to go. This current also goes to the ignition so your car cranks smoothly when you start it up. The car battery is your car’s electrical reservoir. When the alternator needs more current than the car normally demands, the battery kicks in to supply extra.

Service Your Car Battery at The Lake Dealerships

Car batteries last about four years on average, but this varies based on your particular battery and your driving habits. That is, if you have a long commute, regularly tow large burdens across rough terrain, or make frequent long-distance trips, you’re asking your car battery to perform more and better than usual. Car batteries under stress will naturally die faster, but this doesn’t have to be an automotive catastrophe. Your battery should be checked often, so you’ll know when it’s time to change it or back off on working it so hard.

Old car batteries don’t always need replacing right away. If your battery is three years old, it probably still has life left; ask your dealership or mechanic if you’re unsure. Observe how long it takes to crank your car every day. The slower your car is to crank, the closer you are to needing a battery replacement. You may hear some odd noises coming from the engine as well.

How Long Does a Car Battery Last?Many cars have a dashboard light symbol that will illuminate to warn you of battery issues, so be aware if you notice any warning lights. Other symptoms of a dead or dying battery include low battery fluid, leaking fluid, or the wear and tear of old age. Sometimes dead or dying batteries swell, bloat, or crack. If you see leaking fluid or swelling, change the battery as soon as possible.

You can rely on jumper cables for a while, or change your battery or alternator yourself. However, jumper cables will only wear your battery down and make it harder to take care of your car. We also recommend bringing your vehicle to a dealership for a battery change, so our experts can walk you through the process and alert you to any other issues.

Visit Us Today

If you have questions regarding your battery, car maintenance, or our vehicles, please visit The Lake Dealerships in person or online. We love our customers in Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte, PA, and look forward to making you part of our dealership family.

Fields marked with an * are required