When it comes to the next car battery replacement, turn to the team here at Patriot Auto Group. In addition to providing the service and parts you need to keep your vehicle running right, we’re also sharing the information that will help you to care for your vehicle between appointments. Here’s what you’ll want to know about battery care and support.

What Causes a Battery to Die?

The car battery is one of the most important parts in your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to know how to recognize signs of a bad battery and what makes a battery lose power. Here are a few reasons your car battery may stop working:

  • Something is Pulling Power: One of the most common reasons your car battery dies is because an accessory or program is pulling power. In older vehicles, that may be the headlights, but the radio and alarm systems can also pull power.
  • Your Battery is Damaged: If your battery becomes corroded or the connectors have come loose, that can make it difficult or impossible to start your vehicle. If wear or damage gets worse, it may even cause your vehicle to stop or stall when driving.
  • Your Vehicle Has Been Exposed to Extreme Temperatures: Car batteries can be sensitive to their environment. If your vehicle has been in extremely hot or cold temperatures, that can cause your battery to lose up to 50% of its capacity, so you want to get it inspected regularly in the hot and cold months.
  • Three to Five Years Have Passed: A typical car battery needs to be replaced every three to five years, so it’s a good idea to keep track of your battery service records to know when it’s time to upgrade.

For more information on car battery care and to get the service you and your vehicle deserve, schedule an appointment at Patriot Auto Group today.