From the easiest-to-fix to the most complicated, here are the most common reasons your vehicle’s battery can’t hold a charge:
A car battery should be replaced when its capacity has dropped below 12 volts — which happens to most batteries after three to seven years of use. Here are some signs that your battery is running critically low:
Request a car battery check appointment at the first sign of trouble starting your vehicle (unless you drained the battery by accident, and a jump start solves the problem indefinitely). Your Auto 8 technician will test your battery’s voltage with a voltmeter and help you select a new battery if the time has come. If your battery’s healthy, we’ll diagnose the real problem.
You’ll get the most thorough testing by having your vehicle towed to Auto 8. If you remove your battery and bring it to Auto 8, we can test it — but we won’t be able to test your charging system. (That’s the next step if we find your battery is in good shape.)
Most car batteries last from three to seven years, depending on climate and driving patterns. With such a long time window for your battery to potentially fail, it’s smart to incorporate battery testing into your regular maintenance cycle. Don’t get stranded!
At Auto 8, it takes 20-30 minutes to replace a car battery on most vehicles. Our battery replacement service includes cleaning the battery tray and terminals to get rid of battery acid and other debris. We also recycle your old battery.
Your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you what size battery you need. Your Auto 8 technician can answer any questions you have about the battery specifications for your make and model.