Make sure your vehicle starts every time - rain, shine, or snow.
Without a Battery, Your Vehicle Won’t Start
That’s why it’s absolutely imperative to ensure that your battery is in good shape – especially in the winter, when you need your vehicle to be reliable. If your battery runs out of charge, get’s disconnected, or has other issues, your vehicle won’t start, and that also means you’ll be without your radio/infotainment system, all lights - both internal and external, and climate controls. That’s why it’s important to know that your battery is connected properly, still holds a charge, and isn’t rusting on the posts. Without the know-how and tools, this can all be a tall task, so the best solution is to bring your vehicle to our certified and experienced team of technicians, who know your vehicle inside and out.
How Long do Car Batteries Last?
Depending on the grade of battery, they should last between three and five years, though this can vary based on a few factors that we’ll touch on. Firstly, your driving habits can affect the life of your battery – short trips of around 20 minutes or less can cause the battery to lose some of its lifespan due the amount of time the vehicle is started VS how long it gets to charge via the alternator. The next major factor that can shorten the life of your battery is letting your vehicle sit for long periods without starting it. One of the best ways to combat this is to start the vehicle periodically (ideally once every few weeks) and let it run for a while, even if you don’t plan on driving it. This is especially important in the winter months. This also comes with the added benefits of cycling fluids through the vehicle, further preventing any damage or decay to the vehicle. To check and see how old your battery is, and how long it’s got left in lifecycle, you can find the date stamped on the top of the battery. It’s better to be safe than sorry when changing your battery, so if you’re getting close you should swap it out.
How do I Know if my Battery Need Replacing?
There are some telltale signs that you might need a new battery, which include:
- If you turn your key/push the button to start your vehicle, and it doesn’t start, or takes longer to start.
- If the vehicle lights are dim or not working or accessories (such as the radio or infotainment system) are not functioning properly.
- If the heating/cooling isn’t working in the vehicle.
- If the battery casing is swollen or looks stressed or strained.
- If the battery smells rotten or off in anyway.
- If the battery is more than three years old (you can check this with the date stamped on top).
These can by symptomatic of other problems as well, but if your vehicle is having any of these issues, the best plan of action is to bring it in and let our certified technicians take a look.
Get Your Battery Serviced at Toyota Northwest Edmonton in Edmonton, AB
If you’re battery needs replacing, or your vehicle is experiencing any of the above symptoms, bring your vehicle to Toyota Northwest Edmonton and we will gladly service your vehicle. If you know the service you need, we can handle that for you, and if not, we can perform a full diagnostic to determine any problems, and how they will affect the life of your battery. If it’s time to upgrade your battery to ensure it will handle the winter months, we’re happy to help with that too! Visit Toyota Northwest Edmonton at , 14240 137 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T5L 5H7 or you can give our expert Service Staff a call at (780) 900-5897 if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to book an appointment.