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Car Batteries 101

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A battery is an essential part of every vehicle. It supplies electricity to the automobile much like the heart pumps blood throughout the body. At Brad’s we think the more you know about your car’s battery, the less likely you are to get stranded.

Did you know, a typical car battery has a lifespan of just three to five years, this varies based on what car you drive, how you drive it and what type of climate the car spends most of its time in.

In fact, one of the most common reasons a car battery will fail is heat.; it accelerates corrosion. That means we have to pay extra attention to our batteries here in Southern California. You can bring your car to Brad’s for a test of the battery, it will let you know at the state of health to the battery and state of charge.  

Pro Tip: You can extend a battery’s life by connecting it to a battery tender in lower drive months.

Often times your battery will give you an indication it’s failing, some of the most common things to look for include –

  • Slow Engine Crank (engine sounds sluggish or takes longer than normal to start)
  • Check Engine Light
  • Low Battery Fluid
  • A Swollen or Bloated Battery
  • It Stinks – Rotten Egg Smell Emitted
  • It’s Old… Over Three Years is Old

If your car is giving you any of these signals, stop by Brad’s for a thorough battery inspection — we’re happy to help!

There are a few things you can do to prevent your battery from dying quickly such as driving longer distances. Short, frequent trips are harder on the car battery than longer trips, you can extend the life of the battery by making a small change in your driving habits. Another great way to get more life out of your battery is by charging your devices at home. Driving the car while charging multiple devices taxes the battery heavily and will cause it to fail earlier in its life.

Keep your car out of extreme temperature/heat, this is also a great way to ensure you get the most out of your battery. Fluctuations and larger swings are prime factors in accelerated battery corrosion.

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