How Often to Replace a Car Battery

Unfortunately, car batteries don’t come with expiration dates. While you can expect to replace your battery about every 4-5 years, there are factors that can make your car’s battery life vary. Learn how often to replace a car battery, and some tricks to extend its life with First Acura so you don’t have to call roadside assistance or get a jump start. If you have any questions contact your Providence area service center!

How to Know If Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

If you notice any of these signs you might have a car battery that’s on its last legs: 

  • Takes longer to start the engine when you turn the key/push the button
  • Unusual power fluctuations
  • Dimming headlights
  • More frequent need for engine revving or jump starts

What Causes Car Battery Deterioration?

Some things can shorten the life of your car battery. Some of them, like living in a hot climate and the passage of time, are hard to combat. Here are a few ways you can help you battery have a longer life: 

  • Vibrations: If your battery’s hold-down clamps are loose, or you drive over rough roads frequently, vibrations will cause internal battery parts to break down faster.
  • Needing a Jump: Needing frequent jump starts because you often leave your lights on can shorten the life of your battery. 

How to Test a Car Battery

When you stay on top of your car’s regular maintenance at your Warwick-area service center, your battery will get tested each time. If you think your battery is getting low, here’s a quick test you can perform at home: 

  1. With your car in park, turn on the engine and turn on the headlights.
  2. Rev the engine and see if the headlights get brighter. If they do that means the battery current is not strong enough to keep the lights at normal brightness while the car is idling. 
  3. Take your car to a service center at this point for further assessment.

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery? 

The typical car battery cost can range between $75 and $120. A premium battery could be up to $200. 

Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape at First Acura

If you’re driving in Cranston and realize you need a new car battery, visit the First Acura parts center. Save money by checking out our parts and service coupons ahead of time!

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