How often you need to replace your battery can vary greatly, depending on vehicle usage, environmental factors, vibration and more. As such, it’s important to understand how your driving and vehicle conditions can affect your vehicle’s battery life, as well to know what signs might indicate that you need to replace your battery.
Battery age and usage
If you’ve had your battery for a while, it may be time to replace it since batteries deteriorate with age. In addition, regularly driving short distances or leaving your vehicle parked for a long period of time could cause you to need a battery replacement sooner.
Living in a warm location can cause your vehicle’s battery life to shorten to about three years, while living in a cold location may allow your battery to last about five years. When determining when to replace your battery, be sure to take your environment into consideration.
If your vehicle’s battery isn’t secured properly, it could experience vibrations, which could, in turn, require you to need an earlier battery replacement. To prevent this issue, secure the battery with hold-downs.
When the charging system isn’t functioning properly, your battery may be consistently overcharged or undercharged. If you believe you have a malfunctioning charging system, make sure you set an appointment for the service department.
If it seems to take longer than usual for your engine to start, it’s probably a sign that the battery is weak and needs replacing. Your vehicle may also have a warning light come on, signaling that there’s an issue with the battery.
The knowledgeable technicians at Charleston Mitsubishi can inspect, test and replace your engine as needed. When you’re due for routine maintenance, such as an oil change, be sure to ask our staff to inspect your battery during your appointment at our service department.