How Often To Replace a Car Battery

Auto Mechanic Replacing Car Battery

How much is a replacement car battery? Prices tend to range anywhere from $75 to $200 for the battery itself. Of course, you have to take installation into account, as well, if you have a professional install it. Even determining how often to replace a car battery can vary, depending on weather and driving conditions.

Our service center is ready to assist our Chantilly customers with all of that. So let’s talk about how to know if your car battery needs to be replaced below. We’ll also talk about how to test a car battery.

How Much Is a Replacement Car Battery?

Replacing a car battery is just one of those inevitable costs of car ownership. But how much is a replacement car battery? Most car batteries cost between $75 and $120, depending on the size and type of battery required by your car. Premium batteries are a little pricier, of course, costing from $90 to $200. What about installation? It depends on the make and model of your car. Fortunately, you can take advantage of our service specials to get a good deal.

How Often To Replace a Car Battery

Most South Riding drivers can expect to get about three to five years of life out of their car batteries. But how often to replace a car battery can vary, depending on things like driving habits, usage, and weather. Batteries in cars that need to be started several times a day for short trips generally don’t last as long as the ones in cars that are taken for longer trips. Harsh weather conditions are likewise rough on a battery.

How To Know if Your Car Battery Needs To Be Replaced

You don’t want to be stranded along the road somewhere in Centerville. That’s why it’s good to identify signs your battery might be nearing the end of its life before it actually dies. Look for these signs:

How To Know if Your Car Battery Needs To Be Replaced

  • Your car takes a long time to start
  • There are bulges in the battery
  • The check engine light is flashing (there could be other reasons for this)
  • The battery has leaks

How To Test a Car Battery

If you’re one of those intrepid do-it-yourselfers that happen to own a multimeter, then you’re all set to test your car battery. Just follow the steps below. Otherwise, schedule an appointment with our service center.

How To Test a Car Battery

  1. Connect a multimeter to the positive and negative terminals while the engine is not running. You want to see the voltage at around 12.6 volts.
  2. Start the car and check the multimeter.
  3. Ideally, the voltage should be around 10. If it drops below 5 volts, replace your battery. 

Let the Service Center at Mercedes-Benz of Chantilly Help

While a dead battery can be the reason a car won’t start or the electrical components won’t work, it’s not the only possible cause. The trained experts in our service center can troubleshoot the cause of these issues right away and get you back on the road in no time. So let us help if you’re noticing a problem with how your car is operating. And, if you’d like to know about the batteries in electric vehicles, check out our post on how long EV batteries last. We’re just a short drive away from Ashburn, so drop by or contact us today.


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