How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

Is your car taking a long time to start and you’re wondering if it’s time to get a new battery? How long do car batteries last? The average vehicle battery life can reach up to five years, but that can depend on a number of factors. Our service center team can easily troubleshoot problems with your car battery, change it out if necessary, and get you back and running on our Kyle city roads in no time. In the meantime, take a look at the guide below on determining if your batter is near the end of its life

Signs It’s Time for a Car Battery Change

Sometimes a battery will start to fail even before it’s reached the average vehicle battery lifespan. If you notice any of these things happening with your car battery, change it out or schedule an appointment with us.

Signs Your Battery May Need to Be Replaced

  • Your car takes a long time to start
  • There are bulges in the battery
  • The check engine light is flashing (there could be other reasons for this)
  • The battery has leaks
  • Car lights are dim
  • Electric issues (cell phone charger, heated seats, etc. aren’t working)
  • Connectors for the battery are corroded
  • The battery case looks warped or misshapen

How Long Do Car Batteries Last, Usually?

So, how long do car batteries last, on average? The average vehicle battery life span is usually three to five years. But that can depend on a number of things:

Factors that Impact the Average Vehicle Battery Life

  • Whether the car has to be started several times a day for short trips or just a few times a day for longer trips.
  • Extreme heat, like we sometimes experience during our Buda area summers.
  • Whether the car is allowed to sit for long periods of time.

Trust Your Car to the Pros at Sterling Acura of Austin

The specially trained staff in our service center are experts at replacing batteries. So, bring your car in or schedule an appointment. And don’t forget to check out our generous service specials. We’re just a short drive away from San Marcos, so drop by or contact us today.


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