How to Know When It’s Time to Change Your Chevy’s Battery

December 29th, 2016 by

How Often Should You Replace the Battery In Your Chevy?

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to your vehicle is having a dead battery. Whether at home preparing to leave for work or in an unknown city trying to get back home, having the battery in your vehicle die on you is never convenient. So, it raises the question of how often you should be replacing the battery in your Chevy?

The problem with car batteries is that there is no defined life span. Just like other vehicle components, it is prone to wear over time, and certain conditions can accelerate this wear. Therefore, achieving any kind of exactness when estimating a car battery’s life span is nearly impossible.

With all that said, there is a rough estimate you can go by. Generally speaking, the average car battery will be able to last for at least three years or up to seven years. That’s a pretty big range, and most batteries will end up lasting somewhere in the middle. Despite this, you shouldn’t be too surprised if it ends up dying on you sooner than expected. That’s why regular battery inspections and tests can be a major help.

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Signs That It’s Time to Get a New Car Battery

No matter how long your battery ends up lasting, it’s a good idea to replace the battery in your Chevy before it starts to die. It’s up to you how often you decide to replace it, but every four years can generally be a safe bet.

black car batteryWhile having your battery inspected and tested on a regular basis can help you know when it’s time to swap your old battery out for a new one, there are also some additional warning signs to watch out for. These include:

Engine is slow to start
Your check engine light comes on
You notice the battery case is swelling
The battery gives off a bad smell
Flickering headlights or interior lights
It’s already been jump-started multiple times in the past

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Now that you know how often a battery should be replaced, as well as some warning signs for a dying battery, let us know if you think your Chevy’s battery needs to be swapped out for a new one. We’d be happy to assist you with finding the right parts and handling the installation here at Parks Chevrolet.

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