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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

"The staff at Molle Toyota have taken care of me for over..."

TONYH8SU
DEALERRATER
3-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The staff at Molle Toyota have taken care of me for over 11 years. No b.s. in the service side, they listen to what the problem is from my perspective, diagnose then advise on proper action. I fortunately am mechanically inclined and fully able to do my own work on my vehicles but there are times I just don't feel like messing with it. All the work performed here is done right the first time and I am satisfied with their work and customer service.

"Great Service"

CALEBCARLSON80
DEALERRATER
3-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I've been going here since I've purchased the vehicle and have been always impressed when I get my vehicle serviced. They are always prompt and helpful. I've never felt forgotten or that my time has been wasted. Thank You.

"Professionalism and quick in providing services with or..."

NGOHCO
DEALERRATER
3-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Professionalism and quick in providing services with or without making any appointments. Knowledgeable and friendly with clients. Seeks clients opinion when providing services for any changes.

"This was just a State Vehicle Inspection, but it was good..."

SIMMONSKC
DEALERRATER
3-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

This was just a State Vehicle Inspection, but it was good to get this taken care of. Appreciate their efforts to keep some daily service needs going in this unprecedented time.

"Frame Warranty"

PANOMARK
DEALERRATER
3-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great job on replacing Fram on my Tacoma under warranty. No issues and it was done in a month. Also, I thank them for inspecting the frame and finding the rust hole in the frame when I had my oil changed.

"Fast and correct. Had diagnosis in 30 minutes. Able to..."

DMILLSPAUGH
DEALERRATER
3-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Fast and correct. Had diagnosis in 30 minutes. Able to get in without appointment. Friendly. Professional. Identified other issues needing service, including oil and filter. Thanks!

"Serice Above Expectations"

AGR
DEALERRATER
3-27-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My Tacoma was due for its 6 month maintenance but I was reluctant to take it to the dealership due to the Coronavirus. Without hesitation, Molle Toyota sent a service person to pick up my truck at my home, get it serviced at the dealership, and return it to me -- all in less than 45 minutes.

Excellent service and personnel, though I was surprised...

KCBBFAN
CARS
3-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Excellent service and personnel, though I was surprised with the cost of my oil change and tire rotation. Was glad to get service so quickly as I just called a day prior.

Super service. So far, my 2009 xB is running much better....

JWLSBX
CARS
3-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Super service. So far, my 2009 xB is running much better. Every one was very helpful and mindful of space in these crazy times. Thanks for the considerate environment.

"Excellent service and personnel, though I was surprised..."

KCBBFAN
DEALERRATER
3-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Excellent service and personnel, though I was surprised with the cost of my oil change and tire rotation. Was glad to get service so quickly as I just called a day prior.

"Super service. So far, my 2009 xB is running much better...."

JWLSBX
DEALERRATER
3-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Super service. So far, my 2009 xB is running much better. Every one was very helpful and mindful of space in these crazy times. Thanks for the considerate environment.

Poor handling of recall

kandal3899
CARS
3-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

ECU recall repair took 2 1/2 times longer than I was originally advised by person who made my appointment and also what the recall notice predicted. Also was told by Service Advisor that I would receive a record of my visit by email. It is now 2 days later and I still have no written record of the work that was done. I have always had excellent service on my vehicles at Molle but this time is an exception.

Long-term customer

anonymous
CARS
3-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

We have purchased here several times before. We are always treated fairly. Even though this is further than other Toyota dealerships, Molle is the best choice.

Fabulous customer service as always! Kept working until...

KMILLERIT
CARS
3-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Fabulous customer service as always! Kept working until they found the solution. I drive 18 miles to Molle-I have a Toyota dealership in my town.

"Long-term customer"

anonymous
DEALERRATER
3-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We have purchased here several times before. We are always treated fairly. Even though this is further than other Toyota dealerships, Molle is the best choice.

"Poor handling of recall"

kandal3899
DEALERRATER
3-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

ECU recall repair took 2 1/2 times longer than I was originally advised by person who made my appointment and also what the recall notice predicted. Also was told by Service Advisor that I would receive a record of my visit by email. It is now 2 days later and I still have no written record of the work that was done. I have always had excellent service on my vehicles at Molle but this time is an exception.

"Fabulous customer service as always! Kept working until..."

KMILLERIT
DEALERRATER
3-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Fabulous customer service as always! Kept working until they found the solution. I drive 18 miles to Molle-I have a Toyota dealership in my town.

Just love dealing with moly Toyota service was wonderful...

CLOFTON1
CARS
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Just love dealing with moly Toyota service was wonderful and finished before It was anticipated all service personnel were very friendly very nice and helped in every way they could completely enjoyed the experience

Brandon is Awesome

KCBRIGHTSMILE
CARS
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brandon has helped me the last couple of times. Friendly and informative. Very good guy. He knows what he is doing and always has a smile.

Dealership was prompt and responsive. They took great...

MBELL_01
CARS
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Dealership was prompt and responsive. They took great care to arrange furniture in waiting area to prevent any person being to close during this time if social distancing. Staff were wiping down work areas and door handles to limit exposure.

MOLLE TEAM GREAT SERVICE

JCANDJN
CARS
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

FROM THE LADY WHO SCHEDULED MY APPOINTMENT ,TO JOHN THE SERVICE TECH AND JASON MURRAY THE SERVICE CONSULTANT MOLLE IS CONSISTENT FRIENDLY SMILES,PROFESSIONAL EFFICIENCY! THE MOLLE TEAM IS THE REASON I COME BACK!!

"Dealership was prompt and responsive. They took great..."

MBELL_01
DEALERRATER
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Dealership was prompt and responsive. They took great care to arrange furniture in waiting area to prevent any person being to close during this time if social distancing. Staff were wiping down work areas and door handles to limit exposure.

"MOLLE TEAM GREAT SERVICE"

JCANDJN
DEALERRATER
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

FROM THE LADY WHO SCHEDULED MY APPOINTMENT ,TO JOHN THE SERVICE TECH AND JASON MURRAY THE SERVICE CONSULTANT MOLLE IS CONSISTENT FRIENDLY SMILES,PROFESSIONAL EFFICIENCY! THE MOLLE TEAM IS THE REASON I COME BACK!!

"Just love dealing with moly Toyota service was wonderful..."

CLOFTON1
DEALERRATER
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Just love dealing with moly Toyota service was wonderful and finished before It was anticipated all service personnel were very friendly very nice and helped in every way they could completely enjoyed the experience

"Brandon is Awesome"

KCBRIGHTSMILE
DEALERRATER
3-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brandon has helped me the last couple of times. Friendly and informative. Very good guy. He knows what he is doing and always has a smile.

"Great service!! Friendly and understanding. Listen to..."

bradhagen11
DEALERRATER
3-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service!! Friendly and understanding. Listen to what I needed to have done and work with me on what I could afford. Prioritized my needs

justin tyme
justin tyme
GOOGLE
3-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"Great Price and Easy Experience"

MATTBOGERT
DEALERRATER
3-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

After shopping online comparing all dealers in the Kansas City area, Molle offered the best price. The online experience was very smooth, which transitioned into a quick and easy transaction at the dealer. Will be buying from Molle Toyota again!

Great service!! Friendly and understanding. Listen to...

bradhagen11
CARS
3-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service!! Friendly and understanding. Listen to what I needed to have done and work with me on what I could afford. Prioritized my needs

Great Price and Easy Experience

MATTBOGERT
CARS
3-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

After shopping online comparing all dealers in the Kansas City area, Molle offered the best price. The online experience was very smooth, which transitioned into a quick and easy transaction at the dealer. Will be buying from Molle Toyota again!

Great service, as always. Brandon was polite and...

DANMINMON
CARS
3-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service, as always. Brandon was polite and professional. Job was completed in reasonable time. Waiting area was ok, not a lot of people and I appreciated that personnel were constantly disinfecting the area

"Great service, as always. Brandon was polite and..."

DANMINMON
DEALERRATER
3-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service, as always. Brandon was polite and professional. Job was completed in reasonable time. Waiting area was ok, not a lot of people and I appreciated that personnel were constantly disinfecting the area

Debby Hassur
Debby Hassur
GOOGLE
3-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had a very positive experience with Brandon Holsburg. My tires were scheduled to be rotated. I told Brandon that the car has a hum while driving it. He had a technician drive the car and it was identified that the front left wheel hub and assembly was bad.

Nancy Morgan
Nancy Morgan
GOOGLE
3-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Carefully explained what what needed and got it done so quick!

Bellinda Schoof
Bellinda Schoof
GOOGLE
3-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Chris Pounds was wonderful to work with!

New Battery Pack

TNELSONDC
CARS
3-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

This is not a service that one wishes on another but it came and was done professionally. We have only had the car back for a day or so but the service was great and we were kept in the loop all the way.

Convenient and courteous

ALILARIA
CARS
3-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Made the appointment online and was taken in immediately. The service was fast and efficient. The customer service was terrific! And the waiting area was clean and quiet.

"New Battery Pack"

TNELSONDC
DEALERRATER
3-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

This is not a service that one wishes on another but it came and was done professionally. We have only had the car back for a day or so but the service was great and we were kept in the loop all the way.

"Convenient and courteous "

ALILARIA
DEALERRATER
3-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Made the appointment online and was taken in immediately. The service was fast and efficient. The customer service was terrific! And the waiting area was clean and quiet.

Ray Melton
Ray Melton
GOOGLE
3-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My sales consultant, Steve Hennecke, was professional, thoroughly knowledgeable about the cars, courteous, considerate, and easy to deal with. I was very satisfied with the price for my car. I highly recommend Steve and Molle.

"Great service from Jason!"

POTTERTI
DEALERRATER
3-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My 80 year old mother has been a customer of Molle for decades. Last week she totaled her Matrix (bought from Molle). I brought in an old clunker Sienna van the family uses as a backup emergency vehicle. Jason was genuinely concerned for my mother's condition and understood we were looking to do the minimum possible to get the van into a state that could be used for a short term vehicle. He could have easily hyped up the need to replace the exhaust system or any number of other things. He did not do that - he recommended doing only what was absolutely necessary. He was compassionate, honest and helped ease a stressful situation. We will be back in a few months to start looking for a replacement for the Matrix.

Gary Snell
Gary Snell
GOOGLE
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Just got a new Toyota Avalon from Molle. Holy Molle! It was a great experience. I appreciate the staff’s courtesy, knowledge of the product and can-do attitude. Good job everyone!

My checkin was prompt and informative. Mr. Holsburg was...

GALEN.BEAUFORT
CARS
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My checkin was prompt and informative. Mr. Holsburg was clear as to what services were needed and the associated prices of each. He was clear that the choices as to which services to perform were mine to make. Experience was exvellent.

Great service from Jason!

POTTERTI
CARS
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My 80 year old mother has been a customer of Molle for decades. Last week she totaled her Matrix (bought from Molle). I brought in an old clunker Sienna van the family uses as a backup emergency vehicle. Jason was genuinely concerned for my mother's condition and understood we were looking to do the minimum possible to get the van into a state that could be used for a short term vehicle. He could have easily hyped up the need to replace the exhaust system or any number of other things. He did not do that - he recommended doing only what was absolutely necessary. He was compassionate, honest and helped ease a stressful situation. We will be back in a few months to start looking for a replacement for the Matrix.

Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson
GOOGLE
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The online price was reasonable and the buying process...

STEVEJOICE
CARS
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The online price was reasonable and the buying process was smooth. Since the price originally out out was fair there was no need to haggle and while presented extra options, no real pressure applied.

"Good service.. I really enjoyed I think his name is Gene..."

ROSHONE3
DEALERRATER
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Good service.. I really enjoyed I think his name is Gene really great customer service and they were quick and honest. Will keep going back

Good service.. I really enjoyed I think his name is Gene...

ROSHONE3
CARS
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Good service.. I really enjoyed I think his name is Gene really great customer service and they were quick and honest. Will keep going back

Maggie Holley
Maggie Holley
GOOGLE
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I really appreciate the service at Molle. Recently I had to have some transmission repair that was going to take longer than expected. A friendly speedy ride to and from the dealership was provided, and then finally a "borrowed car." If you have to have alot of work done, they will take good care of you.

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