How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Just about everyone knows to beware of cold temperatures in winter, because they'll drain your battery fast. In East Stroudsburg, Nazareth and Lehigh Valley, we sometimes get very cold winters, which can lead to problems with car batteries. Of course, if your battery is new, that's less of a concern. This leads many drivers to the question of what's the turning point? When is a car battery in danger of draining? How long do car batteries last?

The truth is there are a large number of factors that play into how strong your battery is and how long it has before it doesn't charge up again. You can expect a car battery to last up to six years. Under normal conditions in East Stroudsburg, the typical car battery lasts between two to five years. But there are many factors that can affect this life span.

Let's review some important information on how long car batteries last and what you can do to extend the life of your battery so your car starts when you need it to.

Factors in How Long Car Batteries Last

There are a range of factors that figure into the life of your car battery. The first of these is how long it holds a charge, and how well it accepts a recharge. The quality of your battery certainly plays a role in this - better batteries by respected manufacturers will last longer. Other factors that affect the battery are environmental ones. Extremes in temperature, humidity and the like can be very hard on a battery.

Assuming that your car exists in a perfect world with perfectly temperate climate, no extremes of humidity or temperature, and is driven exactly as intended, a normal battery will be expected to last probably around six years. As it stands, we're not in a perfect world and depending on the factors involved your battery will last anywhere from two to five years in all likelihood.

Cold vs. Warm Weather

There's a common wisdom that freezing temperatures will kill your car battery. Did you know, however, that warm weather can also drain it? In essence, it's temperature extremes that are deadly to your battery life. In general, however, if you live in a cooler climate like the northeast, your battery will last longer than if you live in a very hot and humid climate. This is because your battery is more susceptible to water loss and sulfation in such climates.

Take Care of Your Battery

One of the best things you can do, to extend your battery life, is to take good care of it. Every time you have routine maintenance, have it checked. Keep it fully charged as much as possible. This means don't leave accessories plugged into the power port, don't leave things like the radio or A/C turned on, and keep the drain as low as possible.

Check Your Battery at Ray Price Stroud Ford

If you need help extending your battery life in Lehigh Valley, Nazareth or Stroudsburg, the next time you're at Ray Price Stroud Ford, have our technicians check out your battery while they perform any other service you need. Give us a call or stop in to talk to one of our Ford certified service technicians today.

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