Car Battery Replacement
Whether it's your TV remote or your vehicle, batteries help power the devices that you use every day. Each part of your car needs maintenance to keep going though, and just like your remote, your car battery will eventually need to be replaced.
Bohn Toyota looks at all the ins and outs of car-battery replacement, so drivers in Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie will know when to get a new one.
How Long Does A Car Battery Last?
The battery inside your car has a lot in common with the batteries in some of your household appliances. How long it lasts all depends on how you use it. If you take good care of your car, it could be three to five years before you need to replace it. If you're not careful though, you could need a replacement much sooner.
To keep your battery in good shape, the best thing you can do is drive your car every day and keep it running for a substantial amount of time. Not using your car or only going on brief drives can weaken the charge. So, a person who takes the bus to work and only drives on weekends will probably need a new battery before some one who drives 30 minutes to work every day.
While inactivity will drain your battery faster, leaving the electric system on can drain it overnight. If you turn the engine off but forget to turn off the headlights or one of the interior lights, there's a good chance your car won't start in the morning.
Signs That You Need a New Battery
When your battery starts creeping towards the end of the line, your car will give you some signs. Here are some of the most common warning signs that your battery needs to be replaced:
- Car Won't Start: The most obvious sign that you need a new battery is when it's already dead. If your car won't start, see if you can get some one to help you jump start it or call for a tow trunk.
- Difficulty Turning Over: If you turn the key in the ignition and the car starts but it had a hard time turning over or cranking, that's a good sign that your battery's days are numbered.
- Charging System Warning Light: When you see a light on your dashboard that looks like your battery, that means there's a problem with the electric system. This could relate to your battery, wiring, or your alternator. Have a technician look at your car immediately. It's not safe to drive while this light is on.
Each of these should serve as a reminder that your battery is just another part that needs maintenance. If you notice any of them, visit a Toyota service center as quickly as you can to get a new battery installed.
Battery Service Center
At Bohn Toyota, we have a team of highly trained technicians in our service center who can help you with all your car-battery replacement issues. We take pride in helping drivers in Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie get back on the road with fully functioning batteries. If you've noticed any of these signs, schedule service online to get yours replaced.