When Should You Replace the Battery of Your RAM 1500? Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM & FIAT can Let You Know!

November 18th, 2019 by

At Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM & FIAT, we want to make sure that our customers know how to keep their vehicles in peak condition. You don’t need something like a dead battery coming out of nowhere when it could have been avoided with some general knowledge. So here are some tips to help you gauge when you should replace your RAM’s battery.

First, there are several factors that affect your battery’s lifespan. The biggest and most uncontrollable is the temperature: batteries get along much better in cooler climates, lasting five years or more in ideal conditions. However, hotter locations like California can cut the lifespan of batteries down to about three years.

Something you can control is how you drive your RAM. It’s very easy to use every luxurious feature in your truck’s cabin. But if you’re overdoing it by blasting features the climate control and music simultaneously, then you have the chance of draining the battery before your RAM’s engine can charge it. Do it too much, and you’ll end up with a drained battery eventually. Change your habits, or just let your RAM run idle for a few minutes. That means turn your engine on and nothing else, so your battery has adequate time to charge up. Get into the practice of doing this, before you leave and after you arrive at a location.

But if you want to keep tabs on your battery, the best way to do so is to come in for scheduled maintenance at our Thousand Oaks, CA dealership. Our expert technicians inspect your battery as part of our maintenance checks, and can identify and replace a bad battery with a RAM-approved one all in the same visit. See you soon!

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