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When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

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When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

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If you’ve ever had your vehicle fail to start, then you already know just how inconvenient a dead battery can be. To help you avoid encountering this problem, the Service Department at Molle Toyota is here to bring you up to speed on your car battery’s function, signs that it’s losing its charge, and how often it should be replaced. That way, you can trust that your ride will always be ready for the day ahead!

Function of a Car Battery

Although your vehicle’s engine is what delivers the power that makes you move, the battery performs the essential function of bringing this mechanical system to life. When you engage the ignition, a small spark sets off a chain combustion reaction, which in turn gets the cylinders firing so you can get moving. Additionally, all electric components from the headlights to the radio rely on the battery to provide them with the energy that they need to operate. Considering just how crucial this part is, it goes without saying that looking after your battery’s health is a key aspect of maintaining your car, truck, SUV, or minivan.

Causes and Signs of Wear

Just like any other part within your vehicle, your battery won’t last forever. In order to prevent yourself from contending with a stranded set of wheels, be sure to key an eye and ear out for a few of the most common indicators of an aging battery. First and foremost, if your engine is slow to start after you turn the key, this is a sign that it’s not receiving enough of an initial spark to turn over. In addition, you might also notice that your lights are dimmer or that the A/C doesn’t seem as cool when your battery is reaching the end of its lifespan. Finally, if you inspect this part and notice bloating or corrosion around the connecting points, then you should considering getting it replaced as soon as possible. Thankfully, we often have competitive coupons for your convenience!

Timeline

So, after you swing by our service bay and have a new battery installed, how long can you expect it to last? In general, most will provide about four years of service. However, you should be aware of several factors that can inhibit this timeline and reduce the battery’s lifespan. For example, frequent starts zap its power source more quickly than uninterrupted driving, since each turn of the key requires a jolt of electricity. Furthermore, shorter trips don’t give it enough time to regain some of its charge. You should also be aware that extremely cold weather can also hurt your battery’s effectiveness, due to the fact that low temperatures affect the inner chemistry that produces electricity.

If you’ve been wondering, “When should I replace my car battery?” we hope that this brief overview has cleared up your concerns! For additional information, reach out to Molle Toyota and speak with our expert technicians.


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Testimonials

"Apology and update re: comments of a few days ago. "

CAPerry123
DEALERRATER
8-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My cell phone has been acting up and I found that Molle Parts Dept. had placed a call to my cell. Discovered just now while trying to update to correct the issue.. Apologies re: the fact I said that they had not contacted me. I'm very sorry for the misinformation with my previous comment. Carol Perry

"Excellent Customer Services"

LLEVAN
DEALERRATER
8-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The people in the Service Dept. go out of their way to help with every concern or request, always in a courteous manner. I have been coming to Molle Toyota since 1995 & wouldn't think of going anywhere else.

Peg Kelly
Peg Kelly
GOOGLE
8-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Tyler Reynolds
Tyler Reynolds
GOOGLE
8-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Eddie Uy
Eddie Uy
GOOGLE
8-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The agent Mr. Christopher Pounds is very professional and honest. He gave us the discounted price that their admin. person Beth Andrews told me via email. The finance person JR is very professional and did not pressure us to buy extra services . They have a very low administrative fee of less than 200. That is the only fee plus a 6 dollars documentation fee that I have to pay. Highly recommended.

"Well done"

CJZELL
DEALERRATER
8-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

It was completed on time and the adviser was polite and helpful. He also advised us on what we needed to do for our next visit.

"New Left Side Mirror"

CAPerry123
DEALERRATER
8-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Ordered complete left side mirror on 7/2. Was to be called when in. No paper work given. Never contacted so on 7/25 I called Parts Dept. Informed it arrived 7/3 and Andrew was not sure why I hadn't been called. Installed on 29th without any issues. I'd ask Jonathan Cowart what made my back up camera look 'hazy' and said he'd check. Kept me informed throughout. He also told me my 'camera' was dirty so worked less effectively. Unable to get car washed (badly needed as I had been on unpaved roads) as the left side mirror was being held in place with duct tape and would not survive a car wash. Not commenting with stars on Price below as nearly $600.00 seems a lot but then again, the mirror does a lot. Thanks, Carol Perry The 4 stars for customer service is in regard to not being told an important part was in. Service 5 +.

"Molle did a great service on my Toyota Camry. I am very..."

ktrieu637
DEALERRATER
8-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Molle did a great service on my Toyota Camry. I am very happy to get car work and all the preventive maintenance at Molle. Love the shuttle service to my job and picking me up at my job later in the day. Jason was very helpful and staying late to meet me at the end of the day. Would buy car and recommend other about the great service at Molle.

"Experience"

ritamyer
DEALERRATER
7-31-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I settled in the waiting area and opened my book to read. I read about two or three pages and Brandon came to tell me my car was finished. SUPER FAST!!!

"Molle Toyota"

GAMASON
DEALERRATER
7-31-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great experience would recommend this dealer to anyone looking for a new car. They worked with me on price & located the vehicle I wanted out of the metro area and got it for me.

"I brought my RAV4 in for scheduled maintenance. Brandon..."

buckshot
DEALERRATER
7-31-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I brought my RAV4 in for scheduled maintenance. Brandon worked with me and could not have been nicer. He pointed out what coupons I could use to lower the cost. I waited on the car, and the work was performed in a timely manner. Brandon went over the work and made appropriate comments. He is an excellent service rep for Molle. Good work, Brandon and Molle Toyota

"Great Molle Toyota!"

roch4d
DEALERRATER
7-31-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My issue was not totally resolved but good for 2 weeks. My A/C has a leak on the freeon so I will take it back. The regular 3,000 mile service, perfect.

"MOLLE is always my GO-TO Service Center"

SUELLENFRIED
DEALERRATER
7-31-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The people who are involved in every aspect of my service are so easy to work. They honor everything they say they will do, including the time. I trust MOLLE without reservation.

"Always kind and knowledgeable staff- never concerned..."

RIGDONGEER
DEALERRATER
7-31-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Always kind and knowledgeable staff- never concerned about being hard sold into unnecessary work . Service is quick and have never had a concern with the quality of the service

"I was in for routine maintenance and to have my alignment..."

mchapman2289
DEALERRATER
7-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was in for routine maintenance and to have my alignment checked. The alignment was off slightly. I was given a printout and it handles much better now.

Wendy Wolfe
Wendy Wolfe
GOOGLE
7-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Called and made an appointment. Was made aware of a recall that also needed addressed. Showed up at appointment time and waited in clean waiting room. It took a little longer then they told me on the phone. But, the technician made me aware of this when I checked in. Good experience. They did my scheduled service, took care of my recall, advised what I would probably need down the road but didn't try to add on and sell me things I didn't need which I appreciate very much.

Kris Gray
Kris Gray
GOOGLE
7-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"Great pricing and efficient service"

JCJONES74
DEALERRATER
7-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was explained the work involved on my car and it met my standards of excellence. Because of this service, I have greater confidence in driving my 10 year old car. Thank You

GuruJ4B8N
GuruJ4B8N
CARGURUS
7-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great people and service, love the choice I made and the place I got it from thx u Molly Toyota

Miss Angie
Miss Angie
GOOGLE
7-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Molle Toyota's staff were very professional and personable, when I purchased my vehicle, and they exhibited those same attributes when I brought my vehicle in for servicing. I first, video chatted with an associate to express my needs. I then received a telephone call to set up an appointment, and was able to make the appointment for two days later and at the time I selected. Once I arrived, I was greeted by a masked (COVID-19) Technician and directed to the waiting area. In less than one hour, I was on my way. Great Customer Service! Thank you Molle Toyota!

Theresia Mushi
Theresia Mushi
GOOGLE
7-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"Problem with a tire."

DIANE.THAYER
DEALERRATER
7-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I have always been amazed at the service here and the professionalism and friendliness of the people I have dealt with. They fixed my tire issue and I was out in 45 minutes. Great!

Great pricing and efficient service

JCJONES74
CARS
7-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was explained the work involved on my car and it met my standards of excellence. Because of this service, I have greater confidence in driving my 10 year old car. Thank You

"Quick and easy buying experience"

MARK.FERGUSON0
DEALERRATER
7-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

I was traveling through the area on a business trip and noticed they had a car I was interested in listed on their website. I was able to get a hassle free quote that cut out some of the time that would have been spent on haggling. I talked to Wes when I arrived, who was able to answer all my questions and provide a COVID-friendly environment. The financing part went relatively smoothly while they were detailing the car and filling it up with gas. I transferred all my personal belonging and was on my way back home by early afternoon.

Becky Gredell
Becky Gredell
GOOGLE
7-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I found a used car I was interested in looking at on CarGuru on Sunday & made the call to the dealership Monday morning. I feel lucky to have had my call directed to Clayton Bailey. There is nothing I hate doing more than buying a car - especially a "used" car - and Clayton made it enjoyable. He didn't play the sales game (3 trips to the tower) with me & I had to admit that the car was priced fairly. I just would have felt a little better if they had been willing to give me a slight discount from the price listed... ;) Clayton was personable & honest with me. It was a great experience even with the pandemic protocols in place!

"Jason was very helpful, courteous, professional and..."

MAYNGAN64
DEALERRATER
7-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Jason was very helpful, courteous, professional and pleasant in His work. . I’m always be back here because of the great service. Thank you be safe.

Liza Clough
Liza Clough
GOOGLE
7-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I've had a great experience with Molle Toyota. With each service, the technicians are very knowledgable and friendly. Each time, they've finished the job quicker than expected and will even go above and beyond the scheduled service and to make sure your car leaves in great shape.

Jason was very helpful, courteous, professional and...

MAYNGAN64
CARS
7-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Jason was very helpful, courteous, professional and pleasant in His work. . I'm always be back here because of the great service. Thank you be safe.

Quick and easy buying experience

MARK.FERGUSON0
CARS
7-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was traveling through the area on a business trip and noticed they had a car I was interested in listed on their website. I was able to get a hassle free quote that cut out some of the time that would have been spent on haggling. I talked to Wes when I arrived, who was able to answer all my questions and provide a COVID-friendly environment. The financing part went relatively smoothly while they were detailing the car and filling it up with gas. I transferred all my personal belonging and was on my way back home by early afternoon.

Overall Good Service

w.michael.jenkins
CARS
7-27-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Made an appointment to have my shocks checked. Prior to my appointment, I had taken my car in for regular and routine tire rotation. I was told by the tire store my rear shocks were bad, so they didn't recommend rotating my tires until I had them replaced. Thus the appointment at Molle's to have them checked. I also asked the service check-in person if they could check my sunroof. It opened just fine, but wouldn't close and sometimes took several minutes of pressing the button, pounding on the sunroof, and wiggling the switch until it closed. They finished the inspection within the timeframe I was given and was told shocks were good. Awesome! I asked him about the sunroof switch, he hesitated (I think he forgot to have it checked), and then said he checked it "several times and it worked fine." Further said it was probably the cooler temperature in the shop versus being outside in the hot sun. I tried the switch and it didn't work. Thus the 4 star rating. They did what I originally had my appointment for within the promised timeframe. But I think the guy failed with the sunroof. He also added that since I didn't use it much, which I did tell him earlier, that I should just not use it.

"Overall Good Service"

w.michael.jenkins
DEALERRATER
7-27-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Made an appointment to have my shocks checked. Prior to my appointment, I had taken my car in for regular and routine tire rotation. I was told by the tire store my rear shocks were bad, so they didn't recommend rotating my tires until I had them replaced. Thus the appointment at Molle's to have them checked. I also asked the service check-in person if they could check my sunroof. It opened just fine, but wouldn't close and sometimes took several minutes of pressing the button, pounding on the sunroof, and wiggling the switch until it closed. They finished the inspection within the timeframe I was given and was told shocks were good. Awesome! I asked him about the sunroof switch, he hesitated (I think he forgot to have it checked), and then said he checked it "several times and it worked fine." Further said it was probably the cooler temperature in the shop versus being outside in the hot sun. I tried the switch and it didn't work. Thus the 4 star rating. They did what I originally had my appointment for within the promised timeframe. But I think the guy failed with the sunroof. He also added that since I didn't use it much, which I did tell him earlier, that I should just not use it.

Bill Ray
Bill Ray
GOOGLE
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

excellent

ROSE14
CARS
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was very impressed with ALL of the customer service that was present during my time at Molle. Phil McCan was more than I could have asked for as this was my first car buying experience as a single woman. Phil was extremely knowledgeable and before my decision on which car to buy and at the purchase he made sure I knew all the features in my Rav 4.

Terrific!

df1225a
CARS
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Molle Toyota always provides the best service around and I would recommend them to anyone, even if they don't own a Toyota. They are courteous and knowledgable. So, congratulations are in order for Mr. Frank Molle!

one year service on 2019 Rav4 Hybrid

JAWG
CARS
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Quick and efficient service. Had me in and out in less than 45 minutes. Showed Rick my letter from Toyota about the 2019 Rav4 Hybrid gas tank problem acknowledgement and he said just notify Molle Service when I receive the second letter to schedule repairs.

"Professional, courteous and efficient service. Rodney..."

Mdaniel0925
DEALERRATER
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Professional, courteous and efficient service. Rodney Skaggs and Bob Field offer incredible service and they are why I buy Toyotas, even when I’m not really looking for a new car!

"excellent"

ROSE14
DEALERRATER
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was very impressed with ALL of the customer service that was present during my time at Molle. Phil McCan was more than I could have asked for as this was my first car buying experience as a single woman. Phil was extremely knowledgeable and before my decision on which car to buy and at the purchase he made sure I knew all the features in my Rav 4.

"Terrific!"

df1225a
DEALERRATER
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Molle Toyota always provides the best service around and I would recommend them to anyone, even if they don't own a Toyota. They are courteous and knowledgable. So, congratulations are in order for Mr. Frank Molle!

"Safety Recall for 4Runner"

Phil W
DEALERRATER
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star Empty Star

I've always had good service from Molle, albeit too expensive. This work was for a safety recall. The work was performed initially with no problems - I thought. However, after a few days and just 27 miles, the Check Engine light came on. I had to reschedule service. The safety recall work had not been performed properly. Another day of back and forth to the dealer. The service advisor was very friendly and apologetic, but made no offer to accommodate my time and trouble.

"one year service on 2019 Rav4 Hybrid"

JAWG
DEALERRATER
7-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Quick and efficient service. Had me in and out in less than 45 minutes. Showed Rick my letter from Toyota about the 2019 Rav4 Hybrid gas tank problem acknowledgement and he said just notify Molle Service when I receive the second letter to schedule repairs.

"Good service"

rdp
DEALERRATER
7-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Check in was easy. Staff was friendly. I waited for oil change on my Prius. As said its done in an hour, that's good. Waiting room was good. All staff was having mask. So looks like all necessary covid-19 measure was taken nicely. Few things I always have issue with - billing is very difficult to understand. I had oil change coupon for $44.99 for synthetic oil change. My bill came out as $54.06. Almost $10 extra, is that tax, I doubt? Also its almost always oil change sticker is missing from the windshield. Also I always need to ask about result of multi point inspection. Yes they say other things need to be done which are not part of multi point inspection. But I wish they say all looks good and show/give inspection report to customer.

Good service

rdp
CARS
7-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Check in was easy. Staff was friendly. I waited for oil change on my Prius. As said its done in an hour, that's good. Waiting room was good. All staff was having mask. So looks like all necessary covid-19 measure was taken nicely. Few things I always have issue with - billing is very difficult to understand. I had oil change coupon for $44.99 for synthetic oil change. My bill came out as $54.06. Almost $10 extra, is that tax, I doubt? Also its almost always oil change sticker is missing from the windshield. Also I always need to ask about result of multi point inspection. Yes they say other things need to be done which are not part of multi point inspection. But I wish they say all looks good and show/give inspection report to customer.

Professional, courteous and efficient service. Rodney...

Mdaniel0925
CARS
7-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Professional, courteous and efficient service. Rodney Skaggs and Bob Field offer incredible service and they are why I buy Toyotas, even when I'm not really looking for a new car!

35,000 mile check-up (36,000+) recall fuel pump repair

PATRICEBURNETT
CARS
7-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Greeted promptly, friendly disposition. I was informed beforehand that the repair would be time consuming, but was done prior to my expectations. Thanks for getting me on the road again...! I was pleased and reassured that Covid precautions were adhered to!!! Why I choose this dealership, I have purchased all my toyotas here and always use the service department. NO reason not to.

"35,000 mile check-up (36,000+) recall fuel pump repair"

PATRICEBURNETT
DEALERRATER
7-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Greeted promptly, friendly disposition. I was informed beforehand that the repair would be time consuming, but was done prior to my expectations. Thanks for getting me on the road again...! I was pleased and reassured that Covid precautions were adhered to!!! Why I choose this dealership, I have purchased all my toyotas here and always use the service department. NO reason not to.

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