Car Battery

How Often Do You Need To Replace Your Car Battery?

Your car’s battery is one of the most important components of your vehicle. It handles a range of tasks – from starting the engine to supplying energy to the car computer. The condition of your car overall depends on the battery being reliable and in good condition. During a minor service, the car repairs technician includes checking the battery, along with oil and fuel filters, belts, hoses, the cooling system, exhaust, transmission and tyres as part of the overall service.

Taking care of your vehicle’s battery among other things, is one of the surest ways to make sure that your car is operating smoothly and without any issues. If you’ve got a damaged or a battery that is not working at all, it can lead to a call for roadside assistance. Also, you may experience a number of breakdowns, especially if you are running on a battery that is way too old for the job that it needs to do.

When maintained properly, batteries can last for five years. For most batteries, however, they can become worn down after three years of daily use in normal conditions. Of course, it depends on the amount of use on the car and every situation may be different. Every time batteries are charged by the car’s engine, they deteriorate gradually. Thus, after three years, you should install a new one, because beyond the three-year period, batteries can start showing safety and reliability issues.

Fortunately, a weak battery has common warning signs, as follows:

  • slow engine crank
  • check engine light is illuminated
  • misshaped or bloated battery case and
  • battery fluid leak
  • car not starting at all

Besides the above, the best mechanical shops like the 1st Choice Mechanical in Wollongong can tell you that your battery is almost at the end of its lifespan. It might also be helpful to get a battery test which is fast, free and easy to do. Why let a dead battery get you stuck on the side of the road or keep you at home and not enable to carry out your everyday tasks? Battery testing is a measure of testing the energy that it can store. It will tell, if your car battery is reaching the final part of its usefulness and whether you should get it replaced.

1st Choice Mechanical has a range of batteries, for whatever type of vehicle that you own – small or mid-range, or large, SUV, 4×4, diesel or petrol, off road or European and many more. Check our website for all the models we cover, if it’s not there, call us, there is a fair chance we can help you anyway.

Car BatteryUsing a local car service is the same as getting a service from the dealership. You will get the same quality service, with full warranty cover. We also believe you will be happy with the service we provide.

Our mechanics are highly experienced and can work with most cars and can do quick repairs. We are fast, professional and very timely, irrespective of whether you want just a checkup or a small repair. That way you can go, where you need to go and you won’t be held back, especially if you’re in a hurry.

If you notice any issues with your car or you need your battery checked, tested or replaced, contact us on (02) 4228 7949 or visit us at for more information.

We service Albion Park Rail, Kiama, Wollongong, Corrimal, Worrigee, Shoalhaven Heads, Mount Pleasant, Figtree, Warilla, Greenwell Point, and the surrounding regions.