With the weather continuing to change, there are several different parts of your Kia Optima that could potentially fail if they aren’t cared for properly. One part that many people don’t think about until it’s too late is the battery. Sometimes, it’s hard to predict when your battery needs to be replaced, but luckily, our technicians here at Jake Sweeney Kia have compiled a list of warning signs that can help you out.
There are a lot of factors that can affect the life of your battery, and one of the most common factors is something you have no control over: the weather. Cold temperatures are healthier for your battery; in cooler climates, your battery can enjoy an expected lifetime of around five years or more. In hotter temperatures, however, you can expect a lifespan of about three years for your battery.
Though you can’t control the weather, you can control your own driving habits. Sitting too long in the car with the radio, air conditioning, or infotainment system on can kill the battery. Not to mention, making a lot of little trips with your vehicle while also using a lot of battery-draining features can have the same negative effect on your battery. To counteract this, try sitting in your Kia Optima for a few moments before and after your trip with nothing on except the engine to help the alternator warm up.
The best way to keep tabs on your battery’s health is by coming into our Kia service department for scheduled maintenance. Our expert technicians can check out your battery and let you know if anything’s wrong. If you need a replacement, you can rest easy knowing we only carry Kia-approved batteries. Make your appointment today and keep your Kia Optima is in top shape!