The Average Cost to Replace a Car Battery Is $309-$319 Depending on if You Go to the Mechanic or DIY.
- Cost to Replace a Car Battery at the Mechanic: $309 – $319
- Parts: $79-$450
- Labor: $36 – $46
- DIY Difficulty Level: beginner – the tools required for replacing a battery are minimal with basic wrenches, sockets, and sometimes socket extensions being all that you need.
- Cost to DIY: $79-$450
- Urgency: Perform this service within a day to avoid being stranded.
*These prices are based on national averages listed on RepairPal.com. Related repairs or maintenance may also be needed. For a custom maintenance schedule based on your make, model, and mileage, download the free FIXD app.
What Is Car Battery Replacement?
The battery in modern cars is used to crank over the engine as well as provide power for all of the various computers and electrical components. Needless to say, a dead or dying battery can result in a number of problems for your vehicle including no-start conditions that leave you stranded or having to jump start your car.
Even if you own an advanced hybrid-electric vehicle, these cars still use a conventional battery, which you can replace yourself. Replacement car batteries can be found at any auto parts store and even large retail stores such as Walmart.
The most expensive part of this repair is the cost of the replacement battery, and the job itself shouldn’t take more than an hour even for first-time DIYers. Car batteries are usually found under the hood in the engine compartment, but some cars (usually luxury and performance vehicles) have the battery mounted in the trunk.
When replacing a battery yourself, be careful of battery acid that may be leaking and be aware that batteries can be heavy and awkward to lift.
What Happens If You Don’t Replace Your Battery?
A dead battery could also leave you stranded or in need of a tow truck. Furthermore, not addressing an old car battery could potentially lead to battery acid leaks, which could result in damaged battery cables/terminals or other wiring damage near the battery.
Here’s how to replace your car battery and avoid any issues.
How Often Do Car Batteries Need to be Replaced?
Depending on the manufacturer of the battery in your car, most are designed to last between three and five years. Car batteries are sold by cold cranking amps and replacement warranties in months; the longer the warranty, the more expensive the battery.
For more information on how and when to replace your car battery, consult your owner’s manual for specified maintenance schedules or use the FIXD app for automated maintenance tracking.
Common Symptoms You Need to Replace Your Car Battery
- Engine cranks over slowly or the starter clicks when you try to start the engine
- The engine doesn’t crank over at all, but all of the interior and exterior lights still work
- Excessive corrosion visible on the battery posts and/or battery cables
Related Maintenance Services
The following services are commonly performed with car battery replacement:
- Replace battery cables and/or terminals
- Clean battery posts and terminals
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