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Battery Service or Replacement

Batteries are a huge part of modern life in Des Moines Iowa. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have?

Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into our Des Moines service centers and need a new battery, they’re not ecstatic about spending the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don’t make it longer than 4 years!

There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know at All Pro Servicenter and we can clean it for you. A dirty battery runs hotter, shortening its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, we can take a look and clean them as well! If the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can also replace them.

Running your battery way down can also shorten its life. Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before it stops working.

If you tend to make short trips with frequent stops for errands, your battery may not be getting fully recharged just by driving around. This can also shorten battery life. You can hook up a high-quality automatic battery charger at home from time to time. We recommend charging once a month during hot months and every three months during cold months.

Now when it’s finally time to get a new battery, we can help you find the right replacement! We’ll always make sure to meet your manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have special needs, like living in a very cold climate or running a lot of electrical accessories, we can look into an upgrade that will give you the power you need.

We are happy to help!

Need to have your battery serviced or replaced?

Make an appointment with All Pro Servicenter today.

Battery Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my car’s battery smell like rotten eggs?

A car battery will smell like rotten eggs (or sulfur) as a result of overcharging. When overcharged, electrolysis occurs in the battery fluid which boils it and evaporates, letting off a very unique smell.

If you are experiencing a “rotten egg smell” near your battery, an unusually long time to start your car’s engine, or are have owned your car’s battery for 3 or more years, it’s time to get it’s looked at.

Let our experts make sure you’re keeping your car in the best running condition possible!

How long should a car battery last?

The average battery life for a conventional lead-acid car battery is about four to five years and can be as short as three years in hot climates. Battery life can be reduced if the battery is run down frequently, chronically undercharged, or subjected to extreme vibration (driving on rough roads). Absorbent Glass Mat or AGM batteries usually last up to 6 years or longer.

How can I tell if a battery is good or bad?

Load testing a battery or using an electronic battery tester to check the condition of your battery will tell you if it is good or bad. If your battery fails either type of test, it needs to be replaced.