Car Batteries-Scotty’s Automotive Repair Car's represent an essential aspect of your everyday life as they are necessary to commute to work and school as well as run errands and visit family members. An important part of a car that is often overlooked until it is too late is vehicle batteries. The car battery is a vital component of your, and if is it not working, neither is your car. At Scotty's Automotive Repair we know all about car batteries and can replace batteries for any make and model of vehicle as well as provide mobile battery replacement. While vehicle batteries can potentially last for around six years, many factors can affect the longevity of the battery. Listed below are some of the factors that contribute to how long a vehicle battery will last:
1. WeatherWeather is an essential factor in the life of your car battery. Extreme cold can affect the battery's ability to hold a charge and reduce the life of the battery. Excessive heat can also affect the car battery as the solution within the battery can evaporate, affecting the batteries ability to hold a charge, and reducing the life of the battery.
2. ElectronicsThe use of electronics in the car can affect the life of the car battery. We love our electronic devices, and GPS systems, cellphone chargers, and other USB or 110-Volt powered device can drain the battery. Also, running the vehicles lights or radio while it is off will drain the battery and shorten its life.
3. CommuteHow car you drive and how often you start and stop your vehicle can affect the life of the car battery. Short drives that last less than 20 minutes can drain the battery as it is not enough time for the alternator to charge the battery correctly. When the car battery goes through multiple discharge/recharge cycles, it puts extra wear on the battery and will shorten the life of the battery.
4. Dirt and CorrosionThe buildup of dirt, grease, debris, and corrosion can affect the life of your car battery. Since the car’s engine is outside most of the time it is exposed, and dirt, debris, and grease can buildup around the battery's terminals and affect how the battery functions. Corrosion can also occur, and buildup from the chemicals used in the battery and this corrosion can buildup around the battery's terminals and impede the car battery from functioning correctly. The car battery is essential for your vehicle to run and function properly, so it is essential to not only maintain the battery but also change it before you find yourself stranded. At Scotty's Automotive Repair we know all about car batteries. If you are unsure when the last time you had your battery changed or if it is dirty or you see corrosion stop by anytime and speak with one of our highly trained experts. Our experts can accurately diagnose, clean, and replace any vehicle battery as well as provide advice on how to properly maintain the vehicle battery. We even have a mobile battery replacement service, so you will not be stranded anywhere due to a dead battery.