A car battery does not have an unlimited lifespan. Most batteries last between three and five years, so if you have a 2003 Chevrolet Express 3500 battery, it is probably time to replace it. Although there is a lifespan, there are things you can do to extend a battery’s life.
Limit Short Rides
You stress the battery when you start your vehicle, but the trip recharges it. If you frequently take short rides, your battery is not receiving the proper charging, and it can die quicker. If your daily commute is short, make it a habit to drive longer distances a couple times a week, or take some long drives over the weekend, to make sure your battery is recharging sufficiently.
Test Your Battery More Often
One way to extend the life of your Mazda 5 battery is to test it every month or so. If it goes for extended amounts of time only partially charged, this will significantly shorten its life. When you check the charge regularly, you can catch it when it has lost charge and recharge it right away. Fortunately, many places will test your battery for no charge.
Turn Everything off Before Getting out of the Car
If you have ever accidentally left your headlights on overnight, you probably learned that it caused your battery to die, and you were unable to start your car. These lights, as well as car door lights, will drain the battery if left on, so make it a point to double check that you turned everything off before exiting your vehicle.
Turn off Electronics When Engine is not Running
You should also turn off electronics, such as the air conditioning and the radio when your car is not running, as this puts a lot of strain on the battery. Remember that the battery recharges when the engine is on, so when the car is not turned on, the battery’s charge can drain quickly.
Minimize Extreme Temperatures
Extreme temperatures are also hard on your 2011 Gmc Yukon Xl 1500 battery. If you live in a place with really cold or really hot temps, try to store your vehicle inside whenever possible. In the hot sun, try to park it under shade when it is available.
Maintain the Battery
You should physically check your car’s battery on a regular basis, and a good time to do this is when you test the battery. Upon observation, check to see if the battery is securely fastened, as vibration can cause things to come loose. Also make sure there is no fraying of the connectors. Look at the battery’s terminals to make sure they are clean. They can build up corrosion from the battery acid, so wipe it off if you see any. If it is hard to remove, dip a toothbrush in water and baking soda and use it to scrub off the corrosion.
Keeping your battery in good working order not only extends its life, but it also ensures you will not find yourself stranded somewhere with a dead battery.