It's no secret that your car relies on a ton of moving parts to run at peak efficiency and performance. One of those essential components is the car battery. To ensure that your electrical components and accessories are in working order, including the engine, you need to make sure your battery can hold a proper charge. Like other parts, car batteries need maintenance too.
The Gordon Automotive service team wants to share our recommended battery change intervals for your vehicle so that you can rely on your car to get you from point a to point b.
How Long Do Car Batteries Last?
The industry rule of thumb states that car batteries last around three years, give or take. We say "give or take" because there are plenty of factors that can influence your vehicle battery's longevity: usage, environmental conditions, driving habits, maintenance, etc. Typically, given Austin's hot and long summers, your car battery may deteriorate faster due to the exposure to heat. We recommend that Texas drivers replace their batteries around the three-year mark. You may also find more information on your battery replacement interval in your car's owner's manual.
Signs You Need a New Vehicle Battery
- Car Struggling to Start - If you frequently have challenges starting your engine, it's an evident sign that you need a new battery. Throw the jumper cables to the side because you're better off with a replacement.
- Flickering/Dimming Lights - A weakening battery may cause your vehicle lights to look dim or flicker. It will commonly occur upon starting your vehicle or when idling.
- Electrical Warning Light - If you notice a red battery light on your dashboard, you should have your battery tested as soon as you can.
- Electrical Malfunctions - If your power windows, radio, or any other electrical accessory malfunctions, you should have your electrical system inspected, including the battery.
- Physical Signs of Corrosion - A great way to tell your battery's condition is by physically inspecting it. If there is a lot of corrosion (white gunk) around the terminals, your battery will not hold a proper charge.
If you are looking for a car battery replacement in Austin, TX, look no further than the electrical experts at Gordon Automotive.