According to experts, you should plan on replacing your car battery about every 4-5 years. However, your battery life depends on a few important factors that can either prolong or shorten it. The service team at Mcconnell Chevrolet has everything you need to know about car battery replacement below, including the average cost of a replacement, warning signs to keep an eye out for, and how to test a car battery.
If you’re driving around Santa Rosa and you notice any of the following warning signs, that indicates it’s time to replace your battery:
Your owner’s manual will give you a more specific idea of how long your battery should last. You can also contact our service center if you want an expert opinion.
There are a few ways to test your car battery to see if it’s wearing out. The easiest way is to have a service technician check it out during your vehicle’s twice-annual regular maintenance. If you want to DIY a battery test instead, there are two main methods you can choose from:
The Headlight Test:
Using a Digital Multimeter:
When it’s time to replace the battery in your Larkfield-Wikiup-area vehicle, the cost of a replacement varies depending on the battery. A standard car battery usually costs between $75 and $120, while a premium battery can cost up to $200. If you drive a hybrid, you’ll be paying quite a bit more for a replacement battery since the battery has a much bigger job than in a traditional gas-powered car. Hybrid batteries run anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000, though the high price is offset by much lower gas consumption.
If you have any questions about replacing your car battery, or want more information about vehicle services, contact our office anytime! You can also bring your car by our Petaluma-area service center if you need any kind of maintenance done. If you’re looking to save on your next service appointment, be sure to check out our service specials.
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