How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

How long can you expect to go before needing a car battery change? The average vehicle battery life is about three to four years, but that number can be lower or higher depending on your driving habits around St Cloud, the kind of car you drive, and other factors. Morrie's Auto Connection has everything you need to know about how to get the most out of your car’s battery and how to know when it needs to be replaced. 

How Often Should You Schedule a Car Battery Change?

While the average vehicle battery life is about three to four years, some Albertville drivers might wait five to six years before changing their battery. On the other hand, some drivers might only wait one or two years before changing their battery. As long as drivers schedule a car battery change at least every three to four years, then they should be able to get the most out of their battery and avoid common issues related to the battery. 

Additionally, we recommend that every driver has their battery inspected at least once a year or when they have a full-vehicle inspection. That way, they can stay ahead of the curve and know when they need a replacement. 

How to Know You Need a Car Battery Change 

There are usually some good indicators of a failing battery, and you’ll be able to spot many of the warning signs as you drive around Rogers. Here are some common signs you need a new battery: 

  • Flashing check engine light
  • Slow-starting engine
  • Corrosion on the connectors
  • Warped or oddly shaped battery case
  • Dim car lights
  • Issues with electrical systems (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc.) 

If you experience any of these problems or if your battery is almost three or four years old, we recommend scheduling a battery replacement at your nearest service center. 

What Affects the Average Vehicle’s Battery Life?

Every vehicle is different, and so is every driver. Because of that, the average vehicle battery life is different for every car and driver. Here are some significant factors that play a role in shortening a battery’s life: 

  • Driving Habits: Driving too little or letting your car sit for too long can make your battery weaker. Try taking a longer route as you drive, if possible, to give the battery more time to charge. 
  • Location: Areas where the weather is extreme can take a toll on your car’s battery, especially if you drive in an area where it’s hot most of the year. 
  • Leaving Lights On: Leaving your car lights on overnight can drain your battery’s charge. It’s easy to forget, so make sure to check that all of the car’s lights are off before turning it off and heading home. 
  • Keep Your Car’s Battery Protected in St Cloud!

    For more questions or concerns about your car’s battery life, contact Morrie's Auto Connection. We’re here to make sure that you have everything you need to keep your vehicle in excellent condition!

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