How to Determine the Age of a Car Battery?

      by Phil Borges // in Car

When it comes to maintaining your car, you can't be too careful. One of the most important things you should know about caring for your vehicle is how to determine the age of a battery. It's not an easy task, but with this blog post as a guide, it will be much easier.

How to Determine the Age of a Car Battery?

How do you know when to replace your car battery? Most people just pay attention to the dashboard warning light that tells them their battery is low. But this isn't enough information because the lights only come on when a battery's energy has dropped below 10 volts or so.

If your battery is in good shape, it might last for years before you notice any problems with it at all. To figure out how old your car battery is, there are some simple calculations that can be done with the date of manufacture and voltage readings from different cells within the battery pack.

The following steps will help determine how old your car batteries are:

1) Find out what month and year they were manufactured (i.e., the code stamped on the battery will tell you this)

2) Measure the battery voltage at rest (i.e., not when it is under load, meaning after you start your car).

3) If you're not sure about how old your car battery is, check for corrosion at any connection points and replace it if needed.

4) Look for cracks in the case or signs of leakage from around bolts or seals.

A lot of factors go into battery lifespan, but as a general rule, anytime your battery is below 50% capacity and/or any time it goes below 10 volts, it's time to replace it.

What are Ways to Tell If Your Car Battery Needs Replacing?

It is important to know how to tell if your car battery needs replacing. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is time to get your car battery tested:

- Difficulty starting the engine

- The headlights or interior lights stay on longer than five minutes after shutting off the engine

- The stereo doesn't work

- Your vehicle's horn doesn't sound when pressing the button.

When Should You Replace Your Car Battery?

Most car batteries last between 3 to 5 years. It is recommended that you replace the battery when the length of time it takes for your car to start begins to increase significantly. When deciding whether your battery needs replacing, you should also inspect the battery cables and the corrosion on the terminals.

Worn-out batteries can cause car deterioration and compromise the vehicle's electrical systems - all of which means you might get stranded on the side of the road or even face a more serious issue with your car. 

If your battery is defective, not charging correctly, taking too long to recharge, has unexplainable power drains, or is leaking and/or making funny noises, it's probably time for a new one. All of this may sound like fussing over some engine nonsense but hey--you're worth it! 

The cost of replacing a battery starts at $155 and some places will do it while you wait. Save yourself valuable time--and money!--by doing your homework before you get to the shop. If you know what signs and symptoms your battery might be exhibiting, it'll help you make a more informed decision about whether or not yours needs replacing.

What Are Some Steps To Take When Buying A New Battery?

There are a number of steps that can be taken when buying a new battery. The first step is to determine the age of your current car battery. If you have been using it for more than three years, then this might not even need replacing as most batteries last between four and six years.

Another thing you should consider with regards to the age of your battery is the number of times you have charged it. If, for example, you only charge your car batteries once a month and this has been going on since last year, then there's no need to immediately purchase a new one as these tend to be fine until they reach four years old.

However, if you regularly charge your car battery and it's been three years since the last time you gave it a full recharge, this might be a sign that it is coming to its end.

The third thing you should consider with regards to the age of your car batteries is how often they are used. If you use them frequently or drive long distances regularly, then you might find yourself replacing your car batteries on a regular basis.

Conclusion

When you think about it, the battery is one of the most important components in your car. If this component fails, then that means your engine will not be able to start and run properly.

That's why it's so essential to take care of your batteries by making sure they're clean and free from corrosion if possible; checking the electrolyte levels; looking for any leaks or bulges on top of where refrigerant gas would normally sit (if applicable); ensuring there are no cracks in case housing around the cells; etc.

It's also wise to know how old a battery might be since cars typically come with their original factory-installed models, which should last roughly 5 years before needing replacement under normal driving conditions, according to experts.

About the Author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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