December 15, 2023

Replacing Your Car's Battery

How to Take Care of Your Car Battery

Extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can tax your battery. Your battery can experience a 50-60% drop in power just from exposure to these temperature swings alone, so while parking in a garage offers some protection, it still doesn't guarantee your car will start smoothly as the weather changes. 

Basic Battery Maintenance

The first step in maintaining your car's battery is to keep it clean. Corrosion on the terminals can prevent your battery from charging properly, so use a wire brush and a mixture of baking soda and water to clean the terminals regularly. You should also check the water level in your battery, especially in the summer months when water can evaporate more quickly. If the water level is low, add distilled water to the battery.

How Long Does a Battery Last & How Much Does it Cost To Replace?

The lifespan of a car battery varies depending on your driving habits and your battery type. If you drive as part of your daily commute and encounter a lot of starts/stops along the way, your battery may need replacing sooner rather than later. 

Generally, most car batteries last between three and five years. It costs Roda customers about $250 to replace their battery on average. To extend the life of your battery, avoid short trips, which don't give the battery enough time to recharge fully. You should also avoid leaving your car parked for long, uninterrupted periods, as this can cause the battery to lose its charge.

Signs that Your Battery Needs Replacing

You may notice that the engine cranks slowly when you try to start the car or that your headlights are dimmer than usual. You may also hear a crank or clicking sound after starting the vehicle (which could indicate a bad starter or alternator issue.) Another sign of a failing battery is that your car's electrical components, such as the radio and power windows, may not work as well as they once did. If you notice any of these signs, having your battery tested by a mechanic is a good idea. If you haven't driven your vehicle in some time and notice that your battery case is swollen or there's a foul smell, have this looked at immediately in case of a leak. 

How to Replace Your Battery

Replacing your car's battery is a relatively simple process that you can do yourself with a few essential tools. Alternatively, we’re happy to book any battery diagnosis or replacement service you may need to ensure you get the best possible service with the highest quality parts. 

Recycling Your Old Battery

We’re happy to dispose of car batteries for you. If you do the replacement at home, here are specific recycling instructions for Washington, D.C. residents and Montgomery County, MD residents

Maintaining and replacing your car's battery may not be the most exciting part of car ownership, but it's essential for keeping your car running smoothly. By following these tips, you can help extend the lifespan of your battery and avoid unexpected breakdowns. And remember, if you're ever in doubt about the health of your battery, don't hesitate to give us a call, or if you’re an existing customer, send us a message through your Virtual Garage.