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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Battery Basics

The battery is what powers every electrical component in a car. At some point, the car battery needs to be replaced, but when? Is there a way to tell that the battery is failing? How long does it last? How long can it last? An average car battery lasts from 4 to 7 years. If the vehicle is parked for extended periods of time without starting, the battery will need to be replaced sooner. The battery lasts longer when it’s kept fully charged, although overcharging can also damage it. Therefore, problems with your vehicle’s charging system can also cause the battery to fail prematurely. Is there a way to tell that the battery is failing? Not always, but there are some telltale signs. When the battery is failing, it can hold less charge than when it was new. If your battery has low capacity you may notice when you are starting the car, the engine turns over slower than before, even if the battery is fully charged. It sounds like the vehicle is “lazy” and not as eag ... read more