The Life of a Battery
The Life Of A Battery
Your vehicle's battery will typically last anywhere from 3 to 5 years. Pushing it any longer could leave you stranded without any notice, which is why manufacturers recommend battery replacement every 5 years.
So why do batteries fail? Batteries need to provide a quick jolt of power to start the vehicle, then constantly be recharged. The electronic components of your vehicle are powered from your battery as well. If any of these components fail to power off, it slowly drains the battery. In winter, a drained battery can freeze.
Signs Your Battery Is In Trouble:
- Engine is turning over very slowly
- Leakage or corrosion
- Sudden clicking
- No start condition
How To Maintain Your Battery:
- Use a trickle charger if the vehicle is going to sit for extended periods of time.
- Periodically check the battery terminals and posts. If you see corrosion, have it taken off.
- Have your battery tested frequently at Nurse.
Remember, you need your vehicle’s battery to get you safely moving and it needs you to take care of it. Make it part of your regular vehicle maintenance.