Typically most people think about the battery in their car during the winter but the summer heat can be even more damaging to your car’s battery than winter’s cold temperatures.
Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, this damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. That’s slow death for a battery.
True, there are more calls in cold weather for dead batteries that cause starting failure but the damage is caused during the summer months and the battery just is not able to get the job done in the cold when the engine is harder to turn over.
On average, a battery will last 3 to 5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme elements can shorten the life of your car battery. At Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, we offer a free battery check with every visit to our store. This is a quick diagnostic check to estimate how much battery life you have left. One little test tells you if your battery is good to go or if you need to start thinking about having it replaced before you get stranded.
Your battery might be telling you that it is getting close to “retirement”. Often times in the service department we hear, “If I only knew sooner…” Well here are a few things to look and listen for that might help you know sooner. Of course we will run a battery check anytime you would like at no charge!
- Slow Engine Crank: This is when you try to start your vehicle and it just seams a little sluggish when trying to turn over and takes a little longer to get started. (Sounds like a lot of people I know in the morning!)
- Check Engine Light: Sometimes when there is not a sufficient amount of charge coming from your battery the check engine light will come on.
- The battery case is swollen or bloated. If the plastic case that holds your battery looks like it has swollen up then the battery is most likely going or is bad and you should consult a factory trained technician to have it removed and replaced.
- Stinky: The battery smells like rotten eggs. What you are smelling is sulfur and this this means the battery is most likely leaking. Leaking also causes the corrosion around the posts (where the + and – cable connections are located.) The gunk may need to be removed or your car may not start.
Well it still works so why should I replace it now? This is a great question and a fair one. Here is one way to look at it – If your battery is older than 3 years old and it is performing the way it is intended and after having it checked the report comes out good then don’t replace it but be mindful that it could start to decline and make sure you have us test it for you during your future services.
BUT if it is still getting the job done but it isn’t passing the tests then you could be doing other damage to your vehicles electrical system by not having a strong battery. Think about it this way, your knee is slightly injured so you tend to compensate for that knee by putting stress on other parts of your body and by the end of a strenuous day other parts of you are hurting as well… this could be happening with your electrical system.
So what kind of battery should I replace my current battery with? This is easy, a Genuine Honda Battery of course. Not only is it best to always use genuine Honda parts but the Genuine Honda Battery comes with an industry high 100 month (prorated) warranty with the first 36 months covered 100%! Yes you read that right, for the first 36 months Honda will warranty your Genuine Honda battery and then prorate it the rest of the 100 months at this schedule.
- Proration Schedule: During the first 3 years of service – A defective replacement battery will be replaced at no cost to the customer with a new Honda Genuine Replacement Battery and installation.
- After the first 3 years of service – A prorated credit, based on years of service, will be applied toward the purchase of a new Honda Genuine Replacement Battery and the owner is responsible for the installation expense.
- No cash reimbursement will be made.
- The credit is calculated as follows: (Usage in Months)
- 0-36 = FREE
- 37-45 = 60%
- 46-55 = 50%
- 56-65 = 40%
- 66-75 = 30%
- 76-85 = 20%
- 86-95 = 10%
- 96-100 = 5%
Now is the time to start thinking about your battery before you get stranded and Buckeye Honda serving Baltimore Ohio, Pickerington Ohio, Logan, Chillicothe, Circleville, Athens and All of Central Ohio has you covered with factory trained technicians and free battery checks! Next time you are in the dealership let us check your battery and supply you with a written health report so you are in the know.