I have a 2010 Civic I bought new.
I needed a jump start twice yesterday so the car is in the shop ( independent, gas station ).
I thought it would be something like the alternator, but the mechanic just called me and told me those systems were fine. The batter is corroded and near dead.
He said about 4 - 5 years of life is normal for a car battery.
I can't remember changing my battery that often with my old car ( 1991 Civic ).
Is the mechanic right about the life span of car batteries?
> but the mechanic just called me and told me those systems were fine.
> The battery is corroded and near dead.
> ( 1991 Civic ).
Depends a bit on where you live, and what you do. I'm told that
in Phoenix they often only last about 3 years. Accidentally running
it down flat by leaving the lights on or such will reduce the life-time.
My '91 Civic and '81 Corolla each lasted about 7.
That said failure at 4-5 years is common enough.
Not entirely, see www.batteryfaq.com. The biggest factor is how cool *battery is : German cars have * in boot ( far from engines' heat ) so * can last longer e.g. 6 yr in my cousin's BMW in Msia ( warm climate ). * in cold climate lasts longer.
2nd factor is whether user switches off every component ( e.g. aircon / lights / wipers / heater ) before cranking ; this site says deep discharge will shorten life of *.
3rd factor is whether user can keep * state of charge high ( 80% full ) : I use 2solar panels ( in 2 cars ) to charge *, voltage must not >15.9v .
On Monday, November 10, 2014 12:32:58 PM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
tery is : German cars have * in boot ( far from engines' heat ) so * can la
st longer e.g. 6 yr in my cousin's BMW in Msia ( warm climate ). * in cold
climate lasts longer.
ights / wipers / heater ) before cranking ; this site says deep discharge w
ill shorten life of *.
I use 2solar panels ( in 2 cars ) to charge *, voltage must not >15.9v .
I have a question regarding the above. My 2003 Pilot says I can leave the l
ights on "automatic." That works for me because I want to use my headlights
as daylight running lights. My issue is that they may damage the battery -
-or something else-- as the lights are on before cranking. Then again a Sea
rs battery is guaranteed for so many years. My safety is more important tha
n a battery, and the A/C is always on anyway.
What am I playing with here?
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