How often do you need to change my battery?
It’s a great question that we get asked quite often here in the shop. A lot of conditions really determine how long a car battery will last such as driving habits, distance driven, the environment that the battery is in and yes, the quality of the battery. The extreme temperature changes that we experience here in the Midwest certainly wreak havoc on our battery life expectancy. If you don’t do a lot of driving or the driving that you do consists of short trips, the battery really doesn't get an opportunity to get fully charged by the alternator. That will also decrease the life expectancy.
Generally, the life of a battery is anywhere from 3 - 5 years depending on the quality of the battery you purchase. Yes, it’s true with batteries as it is for many other things: you get what you pay for. More important than haggling over battery prices is what the actual difference is between types of batteries. Today’s vehicles have a ton of electronics which adds additional strain on the battery, depending on how new or how many electronics your vehicle has will determine the type of battery it requires.
Lead Acid, or AGM. These are two car batteries that are built totally differently. Lead acid batteries use lead plates that are submerged into a liquid electrolyte–what we call battery acid. Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries use fiberglass mats that are sandwiched between lead plates–hence where the name comes from. AGM batteries are completely sealed batteries whereas lead acid batteries have caps that classify them as unsealed. Lastly, AGM batteries are built to last, and can withstand much more abuse than a lead acid battery. Next time you need your battery replaced, be sure to give us a call here at Honest Wrenches. We’ll help you decide what type of battery is best for your car, your budget, and your needs and replace it with the highest quality service. Plus, all of our batteries are covered for 5 years or 50,000 Miles! Thank you for choosing Honest Wrenches!