In the days gone by when traveling around Boca Raton, Lake Worth, and Riviera Beach, a car contained just one battery with one job: start your vehicle. In the 21st century, your regular battery still starts the car, but it also powers onboard electronics like the security system, power door locks, interior lighting, and a host of other high-tech features when the engine isn’t running. Depending on the type of Honda you drive, your vehicle may also have high-voltage batteries to power a hybrid’s electric motor. How long these components last depends on their type, their location, and how you use them.

Honda Genuine Battery

A typical 12-volt car battery lasts 2 to 5 years. The battery will last longer in northern states with colder weather. In West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Ft. Pierce and other areas of Florida, you can expect your battery to last from two to three years due to warmer weather. Fortunately, no matter where your Honda Genuine Battery is located, it is covered for 100 months. Should it fail within the first 36 months, your Local South Florida Honda Dealer will replace it for free with no additional cost for the battery itself or the installation labor. If it stops working within the remaining 64 months, you’ll get a credit to use towards the purchase of a new battery. The amount is determined by the age of the battery and the cost of the replacement.

The following are the steps you can take to increase the battery lifespan for travels around Stuart, Greenacres, and beyond.

  • Avoid too many short rides because they can prevent your car battery from fully charging. Try driving it for extended periods frequently to maintain the battery power.
  • Turn off all lights after you exit your car. Leaving your headlamps and door lights on can drain the battery.
  • Examine the battery condition monthly for signs of wear and tear. Clean any corrosion off the battery terminals by scrubbing them with a toothbrush that’s been dipped in a mixture of water and baking soda. Rinse off the residue with cold water and dry the terminals with a clean cloth.
  • Take your vehicle in for regular checkups, so that automotive techs can check your batteries as part of their comprehensive inspection.

How to Maintain your Honda car battery

High-Voltage Batteries

High-voltage batteries deliver the energy required by the following hybrid vehicles:

These batteries differ from the 12-volt version in having to provide plenty of power. They obtain their energy from regenerative braking, internal electric generators, public plug-in stations, or a home outlet. High-voltage batteries typically last as long as their Honda High-Voltage Battery Capacity Warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Hybrid Battery Plug-In Station

You can make high-voltage batteries last longer around Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, and other locations as follows:

Clean the auxiliary fan that keeps the battery cool. When oil residue coats the propeller blades, they collect dust and dirt, which can block the air duct and reduce fan functionality.
As with the 12-volt battery, regular maintenance is the key to extending the life of your high-voltage batteries. Your Honda trained technician will be able to spot and address any issues before they become significant problems.

Need more info about your battery or want to have yours checked? Then call for an appointment with an automotive expert at your Local South Florida Honda Dealer.