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Common Car Battery Questions

The car battery provides the jolt of electricity necessary to power all the electrical components in your vehicle. In fact, it’s your ride’s heart and soul. Without battery power, your car, as you’ve probably noticed, won’t start.


1. How long do car batteries last?
Batteries should last between 3-5 years. If your battery requires early replacement it’s a possible sign of further issues in the car or extreme driving.

2. When should I extend my car batteries life?
Limit short rides as this prevents full charge; limit the use of your car in extreme heat or cold weather; turn off all lights including automatic lights; don’t use electronics when idling.

3. Why do I have a flat car battery every morning?
Have you left any lights or electricals on? Check less obvious things like the glovebox not closing properly. If the problem continues you may have an electrical drain that needs professional attention.

4. What are the symptoms of a failing car battery?
Slow engine crank; failing car electrical such as power windows; a battery dashboard warning light appears; swollen battery case; weird smell and old age.

5. Why do I hear a clicking sound when I start my car?
Rapid clicking usually indicates a faulty or dead battery that will need replacing.

The last thing you want is to be left stranded with a dead battery. The more you know about your battery and electrical system, the less likely you’ll get stuck.


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