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How often should you check your car battery

The battery of your vehicle supplies the necessary power to the starter and ignition to start the engine and keep it powered. A car battery can typically last about 3 to 5 years with proper care and use. There are a few things that can affect the longevity of a car battery. Weather conditions can affect the life of a battery. Extreme heat or cold in addition to driving conditions can affect the life span of a battery. Something else that can affect the life span of a car battery is how much it is used or not used. A car that take frequent short trips or a car that stays parked with not much use, will both probably have batteries with shorter life spans.

A battery usually needs no maintenance. It is visually inspected usually during routine service maintenance such as an oil change. If your battery is in its second to third year, it may benefit from a checkup. If your vehicle is giving you signs that the battery may be failing, then it may need to be checked or replaced. Some of the signs a battery can give include it if its struggling when it is time to turn on the car. Another sign includes the lights inside car can appear to be much dimmer than usual. Your technician will use a computerized battery tester to check on the battery, charging and starting system. The result of the test will show if battery needs to be charged or replaced completely. If your battery shows any signs of leaking and build up, it is a good idea to have it checked out by a technician. Don’t wait until it may be too late because you need a properly working battery to start to your car and be on the road safely.

If you live in Florida the hot weather will have an impact on your battery life. Bring in your vehicle for a complimentary battery test in our auto repair service department we are only a few minutes away from Tampa, Bloomingdale, Mango, and surrounding areas of FL.

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