An important vehicle component that many of us may often not think too much about is the battery. This helpful part plays a big part in getting our cars to start, but how long do they usually last? We at The Lake Dealership Ford want to show drivers in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas when the best time to replace their car batteries is.
Continue on to learn the basics of car battery operation and how you can measure your car battery’s lifespan.
Predicting Battery Lifespan
Your battery is the center of your car’s electrical system, whether it’s powering your AC or sparking your ignition. Over time the power you draw from the battery wears it down causing it to eventually reach a state where it can’t produce enough power to operate effectively.
Power use isn’t the only factor that drains on the battery. Factors like extreme temperature and how much you use your car can affect the battery as well. Even if you just use your car to take short drives, your engine isn’t able to recharge the battery enough each time.
If your driving style primarily involves short commutes followed by long periods of your car sitting still in the sun, your battery won’t last long. Under normal conditions with little power draw, your battery should last around four years. When poorly maintained, however, your battery can last significantly less, ranging from two to three years under poor conditions.
How to Care for Your Battery
Now if you drive your car on an hour-long commute every day your battery should last that four years. That being said, there are a few ways you can keep your battery in great shape, so it lasts as long as possible.
This first part is obvious but important to do: don’t leave your car lights on if the engine’s not running. It happens to the best of us, but you don’t want to get in the habit of needing a jump start. After awhile the excess power drain will damage the battery permanently.
The next piece of advice is to make sure your battery is cleaned of any corrosive build up. After some time, the terminals on your battery may begin to leak and they may develop an acidic crystalline build-up. This is a fairly easy fix involving cleaning the terminals with baking soda and water. If you do this, make sure to wear gloves and safety glasses to avoid any acid.
Find Excellent Battery Replacement at our Service Center
While everyone’s car battery will eventually run out of energy, there’s plenty in Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte drivers can do to keep it running for years. Drivers just need to keep their battery well cleaned and fully charged and it will run at its very best. At The Lake Dealerships Ford, we strive to provide drivers with the tips they need to stay on the road.
If you’re interested in getting a battery replacement for your car, schedule a service appointment with us online or over the phone today!