How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Car Battery


How long do car batteries last? Your car will need a car battery change about every three to four years, although the average vehicle battery life does tend to vary between vehicle makes and models. It’s also possible that your battery will wear out sooner than you expect, so we recommend getting familiar with the signs that it’s nearing the time for a car battery change. Find out what you need to know in this guide from the Tyson Motor Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram service department!

What is the Average Vehicle Battery Life?

It’s hard to pinpoint a single figure as the definitive average vehicle battery life, and you’ll probably get different answers depending on who you ask! You might hear anything from “every two years” to “every six years.” That said, you can safely assume that it’s a good idea to land someplace in between—and get a car battery change every three to four years.

To find out how long car batteries will last for your make and model, take a look at your owner’s manual. There, you’ll find recommendations from the manufacturer on how often your car should receive key routine maintenance such as brake service, tire rotation, and more.

Factors That Can Cause Shorter-Than-Average Vehicle Battery Life

Driving conditions and your driving habits in Joliet can also have a significant impact on the average vehicle battery life. The following circumstances can drain battery power prematurely:

  • Leaving your vehicle idle for long periods. This can weaken your car’s battery over time.
  • Taking lots of short trips. Short trips use power without giving the battery adequate time to rebuild charge levels. When possible, take your bike or walk instead!
  • Leaving electronics or lights on when the vehicle is off. Leaving the headlights–or even an interior light–on all night can easily drain the battery.
  • Extreme high temperatures. Year-round hot weather canweaken your battery more than cooler climates. 

Signs That You May Need a Car Battery Change

Don’t wait until a low car battery change means you can’t start your car! Be on the lookout for these signs of a weak battery:

  • Car lights are dim
  • Check engine dash light is on 
  • Slow engine starting
  • Electric issues (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc. aren’t working) 
  • Connectors for the battery are corroded 
  • The battery case looks warped or misshapen 

All car batteries lose their ability to hold a charge over time, so if your battery is approaching three years old, you’ll want to start checking its charge levels regularly. Our team can tell you more about how to care for your car battery, how to remove battery corrosion, and more.

Schedule a Car Battery Change at Tyson Motor Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Now that you know how long car batteries last, don’t wait to schedule service if you’re reaching the end of the average vehicle battery life! We’re here to take care of your auto maintenance needs and keep your car running smoothly for years to come. Plus, our dealership is easy to reach from Naperville and Plainfield—so be sure to visit us for a great price on a replacement car battery when it’s time for a car battery change!

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