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How Often to Replace a Car Battery

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When having more routine maintenance taken care of, Chandler drivers sometimes ask us about other service needs, like when to replace a serpentine belt or how often to replace a car battery. Automakers typically recommend replacing a car battery about every four to five years. However, some factors can cause your car battery to expire more quickly. 

How do you know if your car battery needs to be replaced? It depends on several factors, like the age of the battery and environmental conditions. Find out how to care for your car battery here, and contact Land Rover Chandler if you need to schedule auto service.

How to Know If Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

If you notice any of these warning signs in your Land Rover, it could be time to replace your car battery:

  • Dimming headlights
  • Irregular power fluctuations
  • It’s taking longer to start your car engine when you turn the key or push the button
  • Frequent need to jump-start your vehicle

Keep an eye on your dashboard warning lights while you’re driving around Phoenix! A red battery light could be telling you that it’s time to schedule replacement. Keep in mind that battery issues can also be caused by a dying alternator.

What Makes Car Batteries Deteriorate?

Many things can cause a car battery to deteriorate and lose its ability to stay charged as you drive out to Gilbert. For example:

  • Time: As with most things in life, time, regular usage, and normal wear can cause your car battery to deteriorate. 
  • Extreme Weather: Both severe heat and severe cold can be brutal on your car battery. During hot weather, the liquids inside your car battery can sometimes evaporate more quickly; during cold weather conditions, your car battery can lose its charge. 
  • Road vibrations: Rough road conditions around Tempe–like gravel roads or big potholes–can loosen your battery clamps or damage internal battery parts, causing them to break down faster. 
  • Frequent Jump Starts: Frequent jump-starts of your car battery will reduce its lifespan, so you should always take care to turn your headlights off when they’re not in use.

How to Test a Car Battery

Want to know how to test a car battery? There’s a simple test that you can perform with your vehicle’s headlights:

  1. Start the engine, and make sure your headlights are on.
  2. Make sure that your vehicle is in park, then rev the engine gently.
  3. If the headlights get brighter when the engine revs, it means that your battery is weak, and it needs a little extra help from the alternator.

If you’d like to perform an even more accurate test, you can pick up a digital multimeter from our parts department. A reading of 11.8 volts or lower is your cue that it’s time for a change.

When you bring your car to Land Rover Chandler for routine maintenance, our service team will test your car battery for you. If you want it tested in between your regular maintenance visits, you can simply schedule an appointment online.

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery?

If your Land Rover car battery needs replaced, a new battery will typically cost somewhere between $80 and $150. However, premium batteries can cost over $200, and hybrid car batteries can cost significantly more because they’re much more complex than standard car batteries. A new hybrid battery can cost you anywhere between $1,200 and $6,000.

How much is a replacement car battery if you have it installed by an expert? Give us a call at (855) 474-1292 or start exploring our service specials to learn more.

Land Rover Chandler is Always at Your Service! 

If you need to get a new car battery, bring your Land Rover to the auto service pros at Land Rover Chandler. You can also order Land Rover parts and accessories online or pick up a replacement battery in Chandler. Remember Land Rover Chandler is always at your service and happy to answer your questions. Contact us today!

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