A car’s battery is like its heart. When it stops, the entire vehicle ceases to run. Fortunately, when your car battery dies, you can have it replaced and be back up and running quickly. All batteries do eventually stop working. The life of a BMW battery varies depending on how well the vehicle is maintained, as well as how frequently and how far it is driven. But generally, a well-maintained BMW battery can last five or more years before it needs to be replaced.
How Long Does a Battery Usually Last?
The expected lifespan of a vehicle battery depends on various factors. Weather is a big one. If you live in a cold climate, you are in luck. Cold temperatures help prolong the life of a BMW battery. Heat, on the other hand, depletes it. If you live in a hot climate, you should take your car in to have its battery professionally checked after you have driven it for two years, then annually after that. It’s better to learn your battery is at the end of its lifespan before it actually dies and leaves you stranded without transportation. If you live in a cold climate, have it checked when you’ve driven your car for four years, then annually.
What Causes a Battery to Fail Prematurely?
Sometimes, batteries fail long before their expected lifespans. If you leave your BMW parked for long periods of time without being driven, this could put your battery at risk for premature failure. Keep that in mind if you go on extended vacations or store your BMW seasonally while you travel. Other times, batteries fail as a result of problems with your vehicle’s engine. For example, if your car’s charging system is not working optimally, your battery may die before expected. Always make sure you are using a battery designed for the BMW model you have. If you’ve got the wrong battery installed, it is sure to fail much sooner than the correct battery will.
Should You Change Your Own Battery?
There are important reasons why you should have a BMW specialist replace your battery rather than trying to do it on your own (or sending it to a shop that does not specialize in BMWs). One big reason to go with a pro is that when a BMW specialist is performing the battery change, you can be certain you are receiving the ideal battery for your model car. In addition, during a battery change, a skilled technician may identify problems with your car that you weren't aware existed. Finally, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing and lack the right tools, changing a BMW battery isn’t easy. Sometimes just reaching the battery compartment is challenging.
Whenever you have questions related to the maintenance or care of your BMW, we invite you to contact us at Swedish Motors. With more than two decades providing skilled BMW service and repair in Lancaster, PA that residents have come to rely on and trust, we hope you will choose us as your partner in maximizing the health and longevity of your BMW.