How Often to Replace a Car Battery

Car Battery


Typically, you would need to replace your battery every 4-5 years, and sooner if you live in an area that’s colder or if you are traveling frequently during the winter. Learn more about the ins and outs of battery life with Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT near Sioux City to equip yourself for winter readiness. Contact our service center if you have any further questions.

How to Know If Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

Some warning signs to watch out for to know if your battery is reaching its end:

  • Headlights dimming over time
  • If you find yourself needing jump starts or engine revving more frequently
  • If it takes longer to start your engine when you turn the key or press the on button
  • If you find your power fluctuating on Brookings roads

How to Test a Car Battery

Schedule a service appointment at our Mitchell service center at least twice a year to make sure your battery is working properly. If you want to test at home, there are two methods you can try:

The Headlight Test: 

  1. Keep the engine in park while turning the car on, and make sure the headlights are on.
  2. Rev the engine and see if the brightness of the headlights changes at all.
  3. If the headlights get brighter that means your vehicle’s current is not strong enough to keep the lights at normal brightness while your vehicle is in idle mode.
  4. Take your car to a service center at this point for further assessment.

Using a Digital Multimeter:

  1. Set the voltmeter to 20 DC volts.
  2. Under the hood, touch the negative terminal (black) with the negative meter probe (also black).
  3. Touch the positive terminal (red) with the positive meter probe (also red)
  4. With the help of a friend, have them turn on the headlights while you have the voltmeter reading.
  5. If your voltmeter reads 80℉, 12.5 volts or higher means your battery is fully charged. If your voltmeter reads 12.3 volts it’s charged 75%. If your voltmeter reads 11.8 volts or lower means you have 25% or less.

How Much is a Replacement Car Battery? 

A car battery can cost between $75 to $120, but if you are looking for a premium battery replacement that typically runs you $200. Hybrid batteries are more expensive typically costing anywhere between $1000 and $6000. However, the upside to an electric car battery replacement is the much lower gas prices.

Prepare for Winter with Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT

Whether you are ready to replace your battery, check out our parts center for a quick and expedient replacement. Hope to see you at Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT near Sioux City soon.

More from Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT

  • How Much Can a RAM 2500 Tow?

    If you are in need of a new pickup truck that is an upgrade from the 2022 RAM 1500 and if you are ready to handle the toughest jobs in the Sioux City area, be sure to check out the 2022 RAM 2500. With several towing and payload options across engine options, we at Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT break…

  • How Much Can a 2022 RAM 1500 Tow?

    If you are looking for a means to enjoy a RAM 1500 in the Sioux City area, be sure to visit our inventory at Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT. With the latest generation of RAM 1500 vehicles, you’ll be able to handle almost any tough task in the Brookings area. Learn more about the latest towing packages in addition to…

  • What are the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Prices & Trims?

    The 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe is a hybrid version of one of the most popular SUVs in the Sioux City areas. Learn more about the trims and configurations of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler 4xe and which option is best for your off-roading adventures. Not only are the features and specs of the electric motors in our…

Billion Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT 43.491550, -96.765910.