It’s important to know car battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on car batteries – hot or cold Minnesota weather. Most drivers think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our car batteries to have enough power to start a cold automobile engine.
However, heat does more damage to a car battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Car owners can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.
As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren’t capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your automobile alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.
If you’re pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your friendly, honest and efficient HomeTown Auto Service service specialist for a battery test to see if it’s recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead car battery, but you’ll save unnecessary wear and tear on your automobile alternator.
Give us a call, we would be happy to help you with all of your car battery questions.
HomeTown Auto Service
20315 Iberia Ave
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044