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A car battery unfortunately does not last a lifetime and will be in need of replacement every few years. The battery of a car is responsible for a host of functions within your vehicle, the battery is needed for starting the engine, powering in-car computers as well as functions such as lights, wipers etc. Usually, five years will render a battery unreliable and inefficient – never ignore this as you may end up with a car that won’t run.

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Typically, car batteries last between two and five years before needing to be replaced. Many experts say that a car battery can be worn down in approximately three years assuming the vehicle is used daily – under normal conditions. Batteries aren’t designed to last forever due to the nature of these devices, just as a smartphone’s battery is drained and becomes less efficient when charged, so does your car’s battery.

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    Useful battery information
    to remember

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    A battery does not last forever.

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    Your vehicle’s battery deteriorates over time whether it is in use or not.

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    Three years is typically a good time to have your battery professionally tested.

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    Old batteries are unreliable and unsafe.

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    Newer cars placed bigger strain on their batteries.

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    Battery testing is quick and reliable.

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    Stop-start technology may require special batteries.

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    Always dispose of old or used batteries responsibly.

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    A dead battery cannot be recharged.

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    Hot and humid environments drain a battery’s charge. Batteries last longer in cooler regions.

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    Batteries should always be stored and installed upright in order to work.

    How to extend the lifespan of your battery

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    Ensuring good battery hygiene can give you the most from your car battery. Here are a few ways you can look after your battery.
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    Always keep your car maintained and serviced regularly. This will ensure that inefficient parts or processes do not put additional strain on the battery.

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    Never leave your car’s lights, radio or aircon on when the car is switched off.

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    Run your car’s engine frequently, try run your car daily in order to keep the battery sufficiently charged.

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    Check the connections of your battery often and attend to loose connections promptly.

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    Try keep the battery terminal and casing free of dirt, grime and dust.

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    Keep the casing clean and free of dirt build-up.

    The best way to check if your car’s battery needs testing or replacement is to ask someone to check your headlights at night while your car is on. If your headlights seem dim but brighten when you rev your engine, your battery probably needs changing.
    Why do batteries lose charge?
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    There are a few factors that lead to the degradation of a vehicle’s battery. Firstly, the natural chemical process of a battery is called sulfation. Sulfation occurs as a result of the build-up of lead sulphate crystals and is usually the biggest culprit in battery failure. In warmer climates, sulfation tends to happen quicker and therefore you can expect that your battery will not last as long as your cooler area counterparts.

    There are two variants of sulfation, one can be reversed and the other is permanent. Batteries with permanent sulfation are not salvageable whilst reversible sulfation can be reversed (as the name implies). Reversible sulfation should only be done by professionals who work with batteries every day. Professionals like the Battery Mob!

    Secondly, over or under charged batteries are similarly problematic as they both can render a battery ineffective of keeping adequate charge. Storing batteries in hot conditions as well as storing batteries that aren’t sufficiently charged also render a battery useless. Maintenance charging is therefore crucial to extending or caring for the lifespan of batteries.

    Speak to us if you are in need of a repair or replacement of your vehicle’s battery! The Mob has got your back!

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