The vehicle battery system is responsible for not just starting the engine and getting you to Prescott from Phoenix, but it also powers everything else, including the air conditioning.
How Does My Car Battery Work?
The battery under the hood is a collection of 6 rechargeable battery cells all tied together to produce at least 12 volts that are needed to start your engine. When your ignition circuit closes, the charge runs from the battery to your starter motor, which will generate a spark to ignite the fuel and begin the combustion process in your engine. Once the motor is running, the alternator takes over to provide the required electricity to keep moving as you tour around Scottsdale.
How Long Do Car Batteries Last?
The typical 12-volt battery found in most vehicles is designed to last 2-6 years, depending on driving habits, the car’s power accessories, and the climate. When you live in the desert area, any battery will likely survive on the shorter end of the spectrum due to the extreme temperatures experienced in this environment. For those of us that live around Mesa and Superstition Springs, the searing heat of the summer can cause the battery to lose its reactive chemicals through evaporation. To offset that, keep the vehicle in a garage when parked, and take it into your Local Valley Honda Dealer and have the battery checked out more frequently.
What is the Warranty on the Battery?
Every new Honda rolls off the lot with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty which includes the standard 12-volt battery. Should you encounter a problem with the battery within the warranty period, bring it in for your Local Valley Honda Dealer to run a complete check. If you purchase a genuine replacement Honda battery, it offers a 100-month limited warranty with 3-year replacement protection.
What is the Warranty on a Hybrid Battery?
If you drive a Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Insight, or a Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, you will also have a high-voltage lithium-ion battery that generates the electric power needed for the hybrid motor to run. Just like the 12-volt battery, it must be recharged while you are on the move such as running errands around Surprise. The high-voltage battery comes with an 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.
Your battery will also lose its ability to recharge if it never reaches a full charge due to short trips through Avondale. If you generally take quick runs to the grocery store or to pick up the children only blocks away instead of traveling further than Tempe or Chandler, the battery discharges more power than it can recover. Sitting still in traffic with the air conditioning and your ventilated seat cranking can also prevent the system from reaching a full charge.
If you are concerned about your Honda battery performance, make an appointment with your Local Valley Honda Dealer Service Center for a quick check.