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Battery Life for Cars

Battery Life for Cars | Number 7 Honda

The colder the temperature, the more starting power the engine requires, yet the lower the amount of starting power the battery can generate.

A battery is one of the most critical components of your vehicle's electrical system. Often there will be no warning signs that your battery is about to fail. For example, when there is a sudden drop in temperature, your vehicle's battery starting power is significantly decreased, leaving your battery susceptible to a higher than normal failure rate, which could leave you and your loves ones stranded. Regular battery testing will allow us to monitor the health of your battery and recommend when it's time for a battery replacement.

Battery Life for Cars in Canada

The average life of a battery in Canada is 56 months or 4.7 years. How long your battery lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • Your battery's actual cold cranking amps (CCA) and reserve capacity (RC) ratings compared to Honda's minimum required CCA and RC for your vehicle
  • The average operating temperature of your battery
  • Your driving patterns
  • Excessive electrical loads

Heat Destroys Car Batteries:

Heat speeds up any chemical reaction and so higher vehicle operating temperatures cause a battery to age more quickly. In particular, stop and go traffic on superheated pavement combined with the electrical draw from power accessories such as climate control and stereo systems has a detrimental effect on battery life.

Cold Weakens Batteries

Cold temperatures limit the amount of power a battery can generate. That's why the colder the temperature, the harder it can be to start your vehicle. On a marginal battery, even a small drop in temperature could easily cause the battery to fail and leave you stranded.

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