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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.


Service Hours

888-510-7705
Monday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Dealership Information

Testimonials

"Collision repair"

MIGAWOOD
DEALERRATER
1-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Matt Garcia walked us through the whole process with great communication and detail for the service required on our repair. Excellent service from start to finish.

"Brandon was clear and efficient"

JUDYB
DEALERRATER
1-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brandon was clear and efficient - got me back on the road an hour earlier than expected after adding a couple of mile marker items to my standard oil change/tire rotation. He also checked for any/all application discounts that could be applied toward these extra, unexpected charges.

"Oil Change"

billexpress
DEALERRATER
1-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

I was very pleased with the service. I was disappointed in the cost. I had a e mail coupon for a $19.95 oil change and extra for all synthetic oil. When I called for the service appointment, I asked how much for the synthetic oil and was told $39.95 plus tax but the price ended up being $63.71. Twenty dollars more than expected.

"Awesome Service"

CHRIS.M.ABLE
DEALERRATER
1-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brandon did a great job explaining everything. Shuttle service was on time and very efficient. Everything was taken care of in the time promised. Will return.

"Prompt, Efficient and Reliable Service"

LOUISG47
DEALERRATER
1-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We always are treated with a welcoming attitude when we take any of our Toyota vehicles into Molle Toyota's Service Department. Everyone is friendly and professional. The Parts Department is as good as the Service Department, which is, very good!

"Oil Change"

philliumo
DEALERRATER
1-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I came in because a light on the dash came on and the service center took care of it quickly and had an opening that worked with my schedule.

"On time,courteous, fast. Great service. Very friendly...."

KETCHMARK
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

On time,courteous, fast. Great service. Very friendly. Easy access. Chairs need updated plus a variety. Vending machine was skinny and had no colas. Would recommend

"Thank you, Hannah, on the west side!!!"

JODELLEBURWELL
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Work done as ordered. Hannah on the west side was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. She was quite proactive on one of my questions regarding the USB ports.

"Great service, great people, and fast service...thanks...."

morales6188
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service, great people, and fast service...thanks. The dealer is easy to access from the 435...I’ll be back...for sure...thanks you

Tonya Hagedorn
Tonya Hagedorn
GOOGLE
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"I appreciated the great service Brandon is very polite..."

Jim 55
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I appreciated the great service Brandon is very polite and professional Clean and quiet waiting area Always very easy to make an appointment by phone Thank you very much

"I knew what car I wanted so I chatted online. Then Beth..."

KIZ1961
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I knew what car I wanted so I chatted online. Then Beth sent me an email giving me the lowest price for car I wanted. I loved not having to haggle over price. When I went to dealership, I was greeted by Anthony who listened to me, took me for test drive and answered all my questions. They didn’t try to sell me more expensive car that I didn’t want and I really appreciated this.

"Great"

CHLOE1810
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Service rep was nice and very prompt. Everyone was very kind and all went well. Jay said that it would take about an hour for service and he was right on.

"Service was amazing! Gene White, who helped me, was so..."

lily
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Service was amazing! Gene White, who helped me, was so kind and made sure I understood everything going on. He made a car service experience pleasant.

"Great, Steve Hennecke was great."

CARMENSGIRLS
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone was really nice, and explained everything. It was also wonderful how Steve took the time to show me all the things on the care and was able to assist with setting up the phone, the radio stations and alot of functions on my new Rav4.

"Had a very nice experience at Molle Toyota, from the time..."

ReneeS
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had a very nice experience at Molle Toyota, from the time we entered, we were treated as though our business was wanted and welcome. Had also visited a different dealer before we went to Molle, the experience was horrible, did not seem to care about the customer, apparently had plenty of sales for the month, there about 10 minutes. At Molle, the salesman, Chris, made as feel at ease and took care of us

"NO TIME WASTED"

CHASATREST
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I WAS IN AND OUT WITHIN AN HOUR AND EVERYTHING I REQUESTED WAS TAKEN CARE OF. DON WAS VERY EFFICIENT, PROFESSIONAL.AND COURTEOUS. THERE WERE NO DELAYS EVEN ON A HOLIDAY WITH A PACKED HOUSE.

"Looked at my daughters car to see what the squeaking..."

JENNIFEROSENBLATT
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Looked at my daughters car to see what the squeaking during braking was and told me the honest answer that she didn’t need new brake pads. Honesty goes a long way in today’s world ...

"Very good service as always! Smooth check in and check..."

SILASPETER
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very good service as always! Smooth check in and check out. Easy to discuss issues. Confident that you get best service always at Molle. Courteous too.

"Great customer service! I just got my 40 k checkup and..."

DTM1954
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great customer service! I just got my 40 k checkup and can say that all my checkups have been wonderful experiences! From greeting to quick service times to closing greeting - it’s always a pleasure to bring my truck in for service!

"Great customer service and they are usually early when..."

JAYMARQUETTE
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great customer service and they are usually early when waiting for my vehicle. They are friendly and knowledgeable and most importantly trust worthy. I highly recommend their service department.

"I was in for regular maintenance. "

PATRICEBURNETT
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Even though I am terrible with advance planning I was able to call at noon and was still offered 2 or 3 time slots after work that would work for me. I was glad about that. I am accustomed to waiting for my service; however, my last two service checks 20,000 and 25,000 I have not had a long wait at all. Thank you!

"Great Experience"

JHANSEN4
DEALERRATER
1-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Langdon was great, my wife and I were dealing with Langdon over the phone and email since we live 3 hours away from the dealership. He was extremely commutative and patient with us. I would do business with him next time we need a car. Also their service team was fast and responsive with a minor issue we had with our car.

"Door Lock Actuators"

Tony
DEALERRATER
1-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Don Pelzer in the Service Dept. is great ! I explained the issue, and we agreed what it was. He had the parts in stock and had me taken care of within an hour. A bit of sticker shock for the parts, but it is taken care of, and all is well.

"Scheduled Maintenance for C-HR "

LBRADT
DEALERRATER
1-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I always have had good experiences with having my cars serviced. I have had two Scion XB's and now a Toyota C-HR. I am notified if they find any problems during service, I am given the options for correcting the issue. The techs are friendly and knowledgable.

"An outstanding experience."

carolefranklin
DEALERRATER
1-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Tony, Rodney and Beth represented your dealership well and were honest in our dealings with them Tony covered the orientation of the new vehicle in a thorough and completer manner..

"Great experience, exceeded expectations"

DAVE.BRYAN
DEALERRATER
1-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

In addition to the 5k maint, the service coordinator (Tim Sutherland) applied touch up paint for me after I told him about a small chip. I asked him to get me some paint so I could do the touch up work at home, but without me asking....he applied a great first coat to the chip with tips for me to do the additional coats. Well done!

"Great experience with friendly staff! Get the best..."

KELLY BURNS
DEALERRATER
1-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great experience with friendly staff! Get the best price, car and service at Molle Toyota. We called all the other Toyota dealers in metro and they didn’t have what we wanted and couldn’t match the price!

"Very informative and helpful. Explained the issue..."

STEPHANIE.NADDAFF
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very informative and helpful. Explained the issue thoroughly and answered any questions I had. Issue was fixed quickly. I would definitely recommend others to visit this location!

"great service completed on time"

coddo
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

stopped in and they were able to change out my back brake light and complete an oil change, stated it would take 1 hour and it did, great job

"We have bought two Toyotas from Molle. And always follow..."

M.ABLE
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We have bought two Toyotas from Molle. And always follow up with Molle for service. We feel we receive great service and always fair prices. Another factor that’s important to us and that it’s locally owned.

"Nice, very nice."

Oleg
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Fast service. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend this place for a future. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Fast service. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend this place for a future.

Very informative and helpful. Explained the issue...

STEPHANIE.NADDAFF
CARS
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very informative and helpful. Explained the issue thoroughly and answered any questions I had. Issue was fixed quickly. I would definitely recommend others to visit this location!

Nice, very nice.

Oleg
CARS
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Fast service. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend this place for a future. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Fast service. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend this place for a future.

great service completed on time

coddo
CARS
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

stopped in and they were able to change out my back brake light and complete an oil change, stated it would take 1 hour and it did, great job

We have bought two Toyotas from Molle. And always follow...

M.ABLE
CARS
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We have bought two Toyotas from Molle. And always follow up with Molle for service. We feel we receive great service and always fair prices. Another factor that's important to us and that it's locally owned.

"Courteous and efficient service"

JAWG
DEALERRATER
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

No hassles and just quick and efficient service. Jason was very pleasant to work with. I intend to keep using Molle for all my Toyota service needs.

"Quick and informative"

JPOTTER879
DEALERRATER
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Jason listened carefully as I explained the issue that led me to bring my new RAV-4 in for service. He explained what he thought might be the explanation, then confirmed the findings once the car was inspected in the garage. I left feeling confident that my car received the proper attention, and that my time was valued by the dealership. I'm very satisfied!

"The service was fast and friendly and he kept me informed..."

ghoech6253
DEALERRATER
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The service was fast and friendly and he kept me informed about what was going on with my car. Although my gas tank was too full to test hypotheses. I didn’t tighten my gas cap and this caused the trouble lite to come on

Courteous and efficient service

JAWG
CARS
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

No hassles and just quick and efficient service. Jason was very pleasant to work with. I intend to keep using Molle for all my Toyota service needs.

Quick and informative

JPOTTER879
CARS
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Jason listened carefully as I explained the issue that led me to bring my new RAV-4 in for service. He explained what he thought might be the explanation, then confirmed the findings once the car was inspected in the garage. I left feeling confident that my car received the proper attention, and that my time was valued by the dealership. I'm very satisfied!

The service was fast and friendly and he kept me informed...

ghoech6253
CARS
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The service was fast and friendly and he kept me informed about what was going on with my car. Although my gas tank was too full to test hypotheses. I didn't tighten my gas cap and this caused the trouble lite to come on

"Detailing was horrible, had to send my brand new car back..."

SWIMPRINCESS2
DEALERRATER
1-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star Empty Star

Detailing was horrible, had to send my brand new car back to a second time as they didn’t even vacuum. But Darren Sanders went above and beyond to make sure I was good well I waited for my remote start and detail they owned us due to purchase being done so late.

Detailing was horrible, had to send my brand new car back...

SWIMPRINCESS2
CARS
1-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star Empty Star

Detailing was horrible, had to send my brand new car back to a second time as they didn't even vacuum. But Darren Sanders went above and beyond to make sure I was good well I waited for my remote start and detail they owned us due to purchase being done so late.

Harlan Gregory
Harlan Gregory
GOOGLE
1-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

It was a very enjoyable experience Ray (the Salesman) was a hoot if and when I am in the market for another vehicle I would certainly return to Molle Toyota anyone looking for a great used car or truck seeMolle and ask for Ray Brentlinger.

Best of the best.

rongbips
CARS
1-14-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Molle Toyota is about as good as you can get. From top to bottom, sales to service. They go above and beyond and never disappoint.

"Best of the best."

rongbips
DEALERRATER
1-14-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Molle Toyota is about as good as you can get. From top to bottom, sales to service. They go above and beyond and never disappoint.

Whitney Miller
Whitney Miller
GOOGLE
1-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Outstanding customer service

Kristen Allred
Kristen Allred
GOOGLE
1-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brandon and team were awesome! Thanks for taking such great care of me and my Rav!

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