How Often to Replace a Car Battery

Mechanic Replacing Car Battery


Learning how often to replace a car battery can be a little tricky. Most experts recommend getting your replacement every four or five years, but some batteries don’t last that long. Curious how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced? Watch for the following warning signs:

  • Headlights become dimmer.
  • Car needs more frequent jump starts.
  • Engine takes much longer to warm up.
  • Strange power fluctuations occur.

Why Do Batteries Die?

  • Climate: Hot weather in Stamford can affect the liquids inside the battery, which causes the battery to break down. 
  • Movement: If your battery isn’t securely fastened in the car or you drive through a lot of rocky terrain in Greenwich, those vibrations can shorten your battery lifespan.
  • Emergency Care: Too many jump starts are hard on a battery, so limit your idling in the cold weather!
  • Time: Batteries simply degrade with time, even with the best care.

How to Test a Car Battery

Your service technicians at Garavel CJDR know how to test a car battery with precision, but if you want to troubleshoot at home, try one of the following:

  • Headlight Test: Turn on your engine with the car in park. Rev your engine and watch the headlights. If they get brighter, your battery is not fully charged.
  • Digital Multimeter: Purchase a digital multimeter and set it to 20 DC volts. Take a reading according to the directions. Your battery is fully charged at 12.5 volts and only 25% charged at 11.8 volts.
Mechanic Testing Car Battery

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery?

If you’re working out your maintenance budget, how much is a replacement car battery? On average, you can budget between $75 and $120 in the Bridgeport area for a new battery. If you want to splurge at the service department, premium batteries cost around $200. Hybrid models are more expensive, ranging from $1,000 to $1,600, but the fuel costs typically offset the high price of the battery. 

Get Expert Car Care with Garavel CJDR

You’ve learned how often to replace a car battery, how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced, and even how much is a replacement car battery – but just where do you go for more service tips? Garavel CJDR in Norwalk is here for you. Whether you need experts who know how to test a car battery or you just need a replacement installed, schedule your service today.

More From Garavel CJDR

  • What Are the 2020 Jeep Cherokee Interior Features?

    Looking for a way to upgrade your Stamford commute? The new 2020 Jeep Cherokee is here and has everything you need. The Jeep Cherokee interior has an array of features to make your trip to Greenwich comfortable and convenient. Take a look through the Jeep Cherokee inside and with Garavel CJDR in Norwalk, then contact us…

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity

    The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers stellar performance in seven different trim levels and four unique engine options. Each trim level offers great towing capabilities and performance features that are sure to impress Stamford drivers. Deep dive into the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee towing capacity and engine specs, then browse through our extensive Grand Cherokee…

  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator Price & Trims

    With so much hype surrounding this legendary line of vehicles, you may be wondering, “How much is the Jeep Gladiator?” Now available for order, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator price starts at $33,545 MSRP. The trim you choose will affect your Jeep Gladiator MSRP as each package is unique. Rest assured, any Gladiator you bring…

CURRENT
WEATHER
Saved
Saved Vehicles ×

SAVED VEHICLES

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:

Save

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact
Contact Us ×

203-845-8040

Call Now

300 Westport Ave • Norwalk, CT 06851

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Sales: Closed

Open Today! Service: 9am-5pm

Open Today! Parts: 9am-5pm

Garavel CJDR

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT

Phone: 203-845-8040

http://maps.google.com/?q=300%20Westport%20Ave%2C%20%20Norwalk%2C%20CT%2006

Parts

Phone: 203-842-2344

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT

Mobile Parts

Phone: 203-842-2344

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT

Sales

Phone: 203-845-8040

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT

Mobile Sales

Phone: 203-845-8040

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT

Service

Phone: 203-842-2344

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT

Mobile Service

Phone: 203-842-2344

300 Westport Ave Norwalk, CT
41.1247225 -73.3943157
[schema type="organization" orgtype="LocalBusiness" url="www.garavelchryslerjeepdodgeram.com" name="Garavel CJDR" description="" street="300 Westport Ave" city="Norwalk" state="CT" postalcode="06851" country="United States" email="Evelyn@garavel.com" phone="203-845-8040" logo="https://di-uploads-development.s3.amazonaws.com/garavelcdjr/uploads/2017/06/Garavel-CJDR-OG.png"]
Garavel CJDR
Garavel CJDR
300 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT, 06851 United States
203-845-8040
https://di-uploads-development.s3.amazonaws.com/garavelcdjr/uploads/2017/06/Garavel-CJDR-OG.png
Garavel CJDR 41.1247225, -73.3943157.