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: December 22, 2017
Car Battery Lifespan and What Causes Batteries to Fail. The average life expectancy of a car battery is three years or so, but there are several factors that can have an impact on that estimate. Even under the most ideal conditions, chemical reactions cause batteries to break down, and your vehicle will likely need a new battery within a few years. Though car battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity.
With other electrically powered features, the cause (and the fix) may not be so simple. Because of that, if any electric accessory stops working it's a good idea to first check whether a fuse that protects the circuit it's on has blown. The owners manual should show where a fuse for a particular feature is located (usually in a side panel below the dashboard near the driver's seat or under the hood). If you're handy with a multimeter that measures voltage, resistance and other things, you may be able to diagnose some of your own electrical problems. However, because they can be difficult for professionals to find and fix, they might be even harder for amateur technicians to solve.