How to tell how long your car battery will last

How Long Should My Car Battery Last?

Even through trying times, we’re here for our community. Our shop is still open 5 days a week and our team is here for routine maintenance, battery checks and more. Your car battery is really the life of your vehicle. As we all know, without it, you’re not going anywhere. That’s why it’s important to have a high-quality battery installed by professional, certified mechanics. But how long will that battery last, and what can you do to make sure your car battery lasts as long as possible? Here are a few tips from the experienced technicians here at Walt’s

What To Expect From Your Battery

Most cars, trucks, and SUVs have a 12-volt lead acid battery. These batteries perform at a full charge until they die, so there really isn’t much warning that your battery is about to fail. Under normal circumstances, a battery will last anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Of course, this depends on many factors, including how often the vehicle is driven. Other factors that may affect the lifespan of your battery include increased electrical use, extreme heat, extreme cold, and alternator condition are a few. 

When your battery reaches about 3 years old, no matter how much use it has had, it is a good idea to have it tested. Our auto repair in Citrus Heights can easily perform this service for you. A battery test gives you detailed statistics on the condition of your battery and advises you on whether it should be replaced or not. A good rule of thumb is to plan on replacing your vehicle’s battery every 5 years. 

Signs Your Battery Is In Trouble

There are a few things that may occur that will tell you it’s time to give your battery some attention. These include sluggish cranking or electronic components acting up. Some vehicles have a handy warning light on the dash that will tell you something is up with the battery. Rarely, you will notice battery swelling or a strange rotten egg smell, which is a red flag to get to the mechanic immediately.

The most important thing to remember is you’re not necessarily going to get any real warning that your battery is about to fail. In the past, you could tell a battery was failing because the headlights would dim and the vehicle would be hard to start. Today, that isn’t the case. Modern batteries are designed to use every bit of their available charge before they fail. This means the battery should be routinely tested and replaced to make sure you can start up every time. A regular maintenance schedule at a trusted mechanic will give you all the peace of mind you need. 

Extend The Life Of Your Battery

There are a few ways you can make your battery last longer. Extend your battery’s lifespan by making a few small changes to your driving style. One is to avoid regular use of bumpy, irregular roads which can cause your battery’s connections to come loose. Also, don’t use your car’s battery while you aren’t driving, for example, playing the stereo while the car is off. This can drain and weaken it, and put a drain on your alternator. 


When you need auto repair in Citrus Heights, trust Walt’s Auto Service. For more than 20 years, our expert team has been offering premier auto services for both foreign and domestic vehicles, including every aspect of service for your battery. Contact us today, or use our form to make a service appointment online.