Why Have a Mechanic Perform a Battery Replacement Every 5-7 years?

The car battery is what powers every electrical component and allows your car to start. At some point, it will need replacing (just like any other power source), but how do you know when? Is there a way to tell if its is failing? How long does it last?

Let’s start with why the battery needs to be replaced: Most cars have lead-acid based power that are made up of six cells filled with an electrolyte. The power will lose some of its charging capacity over time (mostly due to sulfation). At some point, the capacity will drop so low that the battery won’t be able to start your car.

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Why servicing a battery is important?

Our certified auto repair mechanics will consider the make, model, condition, and mileage of your car before recommending a new power source. We offer a few different batteries that are recommended based on your car’s individual needs. All battery related services include a complimentary inspection and visual brake check.

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Still not sure if your vehicle’s battery needs servicing? Read our FAQ’s:

Generally how long will a car power source last? Won’t the alternator keep it charged?

An average car power source lasts from 5 to 7 years. Usually the battery lasts longer if the vehicle is driven daily. If the vehicle is parked for extended periods of time without starting, the battery will need to be replaced sooner. Alternators can charge batteries to a point.

Is there a way to tell if the power source is failing? A self diagnosis or test kit?

Not always, but there are some telltale signs. When the battery is failing, it loses its capacity, meaning it can hold less charge than when it was new. If your battery has low capacity you may notice that when you are starting the car, the engine turns over slower, even if the battery is fully charged. It sounds like the starter motor is “lazy” and not as eager to turn over your engine. You may also notice that the interior lights flicker and go dimmer than usual when you are turning over the engine. An Otobots technician can perform a thorough battery inspection.

Based off the above question, is there a way to test the power source’s condition?

Yes, your mobile mechanic can test your battery with a battery tester. Car dealers and many independent repair shops have a computerized battery tester but charge $35 to $60. Our price is much cheaper.

What might cause a car power source to drain quickly? How can I avoid draining a battery too quickly?

Either the battery has an internal defect or some electrical component in the car remains on. A power source test will usually show if there’s an internal defect. If the battery tests OK, your mobile mechanic may recommend a parasitic current draw test. Either way the mechanic will walk you thru the options available.

Does the red battery warning light on the dash mean the power source is bad?

The red warning icon on the dash depicting a battery indicates a problem with your vehicle’s charging system. If it comes on while driving, it means your that battery is not charging. The power source may still be okay, but the charging system needs to be tested. The main component of the charging system is the alternator. Your mechanic can test the alternator with the same computerized tester we mentioned above.

I have a newer car – why is there a bigger strain on the power source?

As a general rule, the more sophisticated your car’s on-board computers are, the bigger the strain on its battery. Many new cars have powerful computers that are operating all the time, even when the vehicle itself is parked and switched off. These computers can draw energy from your car’s power source at a slow, steady rate, wearing it down over time. Although the charge each computer draws is tiny, the aggregate effect can drain your car when it sits unused for a long time.

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