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How Often to Replace a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery


All batteries die sometimes. Which means you’ll eventually need to replace the one in your car. How much is a replacement car battery? That can depend on what kind of battery you get, where you buy it, and whether you choose to install it yourself or have a professional at our service center. Even determining how often to replace a car battery can vary, but most experts say that batteries typically should be replaced every 4 to 5 years. We’ll talk about how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced below. We’ll also talk about how to test a car battery.



How Often to Replace a Car Battery

Most batteries should last from four to five years. But a battery could be defective or has endured conditions that will shorten its life. How often to replace a car battery can also depend on how your car is driven. Batteries in cars that need to be started several times a day for short trips generally don’t last as long as the ones in cars that are taken for longer trips. Harsh weather conditions, as often happens during our Centerville winters, are likewise rough on a battery.

How to Know if Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

Sometimes there are early indications that your battery is on the way out. It’s good to recognize these signs and replace your battery before it dies and strands you along the side of the road.

How to Know if Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

  • Your car takes a long time to start
  • There are bulges in the battery
  • The check engine light is flashing (there could be other reasons for this)
  • The battery has leaks

How to Test a Car Battery

The simplest, if not a very exact, way to test your battery is just to turn your headlights on with the engine running and see if they get brighter as you rev the engine. To know exactly whether your battery is dying, however, you will need to check the voltage. If you happen to have a multimeter and know how to use it, you’re all set to follow the directions below to test your battery. We find that most Miamisburg drivers don’t have one lying around. That’s OK, because we have several.Schedule an appointment with our service center if you would like us to test your battery for you.

How to Test a Car Battery

  • Connect a multimeter to the positive and negative terminals while the engine is not running. You want to see voltage around 12.6 volts.
  • Start the car and check the multimeter.
  • Ideally, the voltage should be around 10. If it drops below 5 volts, replace your battery.

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery?

How much is a replacement car battery if it’s installed by a mechanic? It depends on the make and model of your car. Fortunately, you can take advantage of ourservice specials to get a good deal. Here’s a list of how much batteries typically cost without installation:

  • Most new batteries – $75 and $120
  • Premium batteries – $90 to $200
  • Hybrid car batteries – $1000 and $6000

Let the Battery Experts at Voss Hyundai of Dayton Help

The trained experts at our service center can quickly determine if your battery needs to be replaced. Schedule an appointment or just bring your car in. And, if you found this guide to be helpful, check out our other tips and tricks. We’re just a short drive away from Kettering, so drop by or contact us today.


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