If you've noticed that your car is more difficult to start, or if it starts and then shuts itself off briefly after, you can probably blame the battery. You car needs its battery to start and to power things like your lights, air conditioning, and radio. The lifespan of your car battery varies greatly depending on where you live, how you drive, and what model of car you own.

Observing and replacing the battery in your car is not as simple as replacing the batteries in your remote, but it's still fairly simple to know when your car battery needs replacing.

Read below for answers from Jack Daniels Kia to common questions about car batteries and the warning signs to look for when your battery is nearing the end of its life.

Car Batteries Explained in Fair Lawn, New Jersey

When does a car battery need to be changed?

Car batteries can last anywhere from three to six years, but if you want to stay in the safe zone, it's a good idea to get it replaced every 4 years.

If your car battery has outlived its warranty, you find yourself frequently jump starting your car, or your lights get dimmer when your AC is on, you may want to bring your car into Jack Daniels Kia to let the experts take a look at your battery.

My battery warning light came on, should I be worried?

The light shaped like a battery on the dashboard actually lights up because the overall car charging system is not working correctly. Since many electronic components affect the charging system, the battery warning light may not have anything to do with the battery at all.

However, this light does mean your alternator is not generating enough energy to run your car and recharge your battery. You may want to consult our maintenance team for help so that you can continue to drive, run your AC, and listen to your radio all at the same time.

What drains car batteries?

The following are the three most common drains on car batteries:

  • Parasitic drain - Components of your car can continue to run even when it's off, potentially draining your battery.
  • User error - Leaving the lights on or not fully closing a car door can cause power to drain from your battery.
  • Bad charging system - Your charging system powers your battery, so if it goes, your battery goes.

Are car battery chargers good?

Having a battery charger in your trunk in the case of an emergency can be great for a quick fix in a sticky situation, but can cost you in the long run. If you find yourself constantly having to use it, your battery may be overdue for a replacement.

How can I tell when my car battery might be dying?

Here are four quick ways to tell if it might be time to have your battery looked at:

  • Illuminated dashboard battery warning light
  • It's been a few years since you last had the battery changed
  • Engine is slow to start
  • Other electrical components (e.g. windows, windshield wipers, etc.) do not function properly

If you have questions not answered above, please reach out to our expert staff so that we can better help you. Our skilled team is fully prepared to provide you with fast, quality maintenance, as well as explain the process and reasoning behind every service we provide.

Our dealership is conveniently located near Paramus, Jersey City, and New York City. Stop in and see us today, or schedule your service online for prompt, friendly assistance.

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