How long should a car battery last?

Written by chris moore
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

The average life of a car battery is in the range of three to five years. Several factors can lead to a battery's short lifespan. Many people's driving habits contribute to this, leading to the battery dying closer to the three-year range.

Other People Are Reading

Significance

Exposing the battery to extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can shorten the battery's lifespan and cause starting problems as the temperature affects the chemical reaction required.

Effects

The battery's life can be shortened by several starting cycles and short drive times within a relatively short time frame.

Time Frame

The car needs to run for at least 20 minutes on average for the alternator to fully recharge the battery.

Prevention/Solution

Many batteries are encased in an insulated jacket to help it withstand cold temperatures. Many people, even professional mechanics, often remove this cover, putting the battery at risk of a shorter life.

Warning

A car battery's life can also be shortened if it is a standard "starter" battery used in a car containing electronic devices like TVs and DVD players.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.