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How Often to Replace a Car Battery

It’s recommended that drivers get their vehicle’s battery replacement service done every 4 to 5 years. Want to learn more about how often to replace a car battery, how to tell when the time comes, how much a battery costs, and more? Luckily, at the Findlay Acura service center, we’ve put together a helpful guide to answer all of your questions. Check out our service tips and tricks below!

How to Know if Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

Not sure how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced? We know a few warning signs to look out for that will show it’s about time to have the battery replaced. Here’s what you’ll want to look out for:

  • Your headlights are dimmer than usual.
  • You need to jump start your car quite often.
  • The engine doesn’t start up right away when you turn the key in the ignition or push the button to start.
  • You notice unusual power fluctuations.

Factors That Influence Battery Life

  • Heat: Hot climates tend to zap the life out of batteries more quickly than cooler temperatures. That’s because heat causes liquids within a car battery to evaporate.
  • Vibrations: Vibrations often occur if the battery’s hold-down clamps are loose or if you’re traversing rough terrain frequently, and they break down internal battery parts at a much faster rate.
  • Jump Starts: You shorten battery life with every jump start you administer.
  • Time: All batteries eventually will lose their charge, so over time, it’s inevitable that your car battery will die.

Your vehicle’s battery will last longer as long as you keep up with proper battery care, as recommended in your owner’s manual.

How to Test a Car Battery

If you’d rather have an automotive expert from our service center check your battery for you, we can absolutely do that. However, if you’d like to check your car battery at home, here are a few methods to help you do this yourself in between services:

Headlight Test: 

  1. Start your car and turn on your headlights. Keep the car in park.
  2. Rev the engine to determine whether the brightness of your headlights changes.
  3. If you notice a difference in brightness, the current from the battery isn’t strong enough when idling.
  4. Schedule service with Findlay Acura for further assessment.

Digital Multimeter:

  1. With the hood of your car popped and the voltmeter set to 20 DC volts, touch the negative terminal (black) to the negative meter probe (also black).
  2. Repeat this step by touching the positive terminal (red) with the positive meter probe (also red).
  3. Have someone turn on your vehicle’s headlights, and check the voltmeter reading.
  4. At a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit: 12.5 volts or higher indicates a full charge; 12.3 volts indicates a 75% charge; 11.8 volts or lower indicates a 25% or less charge.

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery?

So, roughly how much is a replacement car battery? This differs depending on the type of vehicle you drive. The cost of a typical car battery ranges between $75 and $120, but premium batteries can cost up to $200. If you have a hybrid model, the battery will be a bit more expensive. In order to get a more accurate number, check out the batteries available at our parts department. We can help you save more on the battery you need with our available parts specials.

Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape at Findlay Acura

When the time comes to replace your battery, schedule service at our service center near Las Vegas. With our service specials, it’s easy to save more on the services your vehicle needs.

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