The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. Batteries are a big ticket item and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.
One thing all drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals.
Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.
Making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds, or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.
Your Auto Select service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Right now, you can get a Free Battery Test at Auto Select, along with a $10 OFF Coupon if your battery needs replacement. Click here to schedule appointment.