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How much does Car Battery Replacement cost in Lake Elsinore?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Lake Elsinore. Our mechanics in Lake Elsinore are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Lake Elsinore.

Car Battery Replacement pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2012 Toyota Yaris$258$162.74$94.994%$270.24
2009 Hyundai Azera$271$176.11$94.994%$283.61
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer$258$162.74$94.994%$270.24
2013 Mini Cooper Countryman$353$257.90$94.993%$365.40
2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 7$353$257.90$94.993%$365.40
2015 Porsche Panamera$357$262.50$94.993%$370.00

Car Battery Replacement Service

What are car batteries and how do they work?

A car battery is an energy storage device that relies on a chemical reaction within the battery to produce electricity. The stored electrical energy is used to initially operate the starter motor, ignition system, and fuel system on your vehicle. Once your car engine is running, the alternator supplies the electricity needed for all vehicle systems and charges the battery to replace the electric energy used when starting a car.

Most electric vehicles have a traction battery which is in addition to the standard 12 volt battery that is used to start the car engine. Traction batteries also convert chemical energy to supply electrical energy but operate at higher voltages and often are monitored by the PCM (Powertrain Control Module).

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When to replace a car battery?

  • Your car doesn’t start. A new battery has a specified capacity to provide power. This capacity is referred to as the cranking amps rating of the battery. As a battery ages, the actual amps that a battery can supply becomes lower than its original rating Once the cranking amps fall below a critical threshold, it will be difficult or impossible to start your car.
  • Battery or charging system warning light is illuminated. Should a battery or charging system warning light illuminate, a mechanic should perform a few basic tests to determine if a battery replacement is needed.
  • Electrical components don’t work. Once a battery has started to fail, and the voltage produced by the battery drops, then vehicle electrical components can malfunction, such as the security system. If you are experiencing electrical malfunctions, it’s a smart idea to have the battery tested.

How do mechanics replace the battery?

  • A temporary power source might be installed to avoid the possibility of losing radio presets or stored data in the PCM while the battery is out. When the battery is already completely dead, this step is unnecessary.
  • The vehicle’s negative cable is removed from the battery, followed by the positive cable. The battery tie down system is loosened and the old battery removed.
  • Cable ends and wiring are carefully inspected to ensure cleanliness and no corrosion. In some cases, corrosion can be extreme and the cable may need to be replaced or wiring repaired.
  • The new battery is installed and the tie down system is reinstalled. Anti-corrosion compound is applied to the battery terminals. The positive terminal is reconnected followed by the negative terminal.
  • Some vehicles, for example some models of BMW, VW, and Audi, may require PCM programming to input battery parameters. This step, performed using a specialized scan tool, is necessary to maximize battery life and prevent electrical system malfunctions.
  • The car is started and charging system output is measured and compared against the factory OEM specification to ensure that the new battery will properly recharge. Generally, charging output will be in the range of 13.8 to 14.8 volts but the exact specifications vary by make and model.

Is it safe to drive with a battery problem?

Yes, but if you have a weak battery you might be left stranded somewhere if the battery dies completely and you cannot start your car. A faulty battery may also needlessly overload the alternator and could adversely affect the operation of the vehicle’s electrical system, including the vehicle security system and the shift interlock.

When replacing the battery keep in mind:

  • The quality of the electrical connections to the battery posts is important. Connections must be clean, free of corrosion and properly tightened.
  • Batteries store a large amount of energy and if short-circuited a battery could explode and can create intense discharges that can damage your eyesight. Insulated tools should be used to attach cabling to battery terminals. Otherwise, the battery’s positive cable can be shorted to ground or the positive and negative posts can be directly shorted. Batteries can only be safely installed from a positive terminal to positive wiring and from a negative terminal to body ground. If the polarity is reversed damage will likely occur to the vehicle’s electrical system.
  • Generally, a car battery will have a service life of 4 to 7 years. If a load test on a battery reveals a significant reduction in the capacity of the battery to provide power, you should buy a new battery rather than wait for the old battery to fail completely.
  • Batteries should only be disconnected if the engine is off and the alternator is not running. Disconnecting a car battery while the alternator is running can cause a voltage spike that will damage sensitive electronic components in the vehicle, such as the PCM.

Recent Car Battery Replacement reviews in Lake Elsinore

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Doug

34 years of experience
139 reviews
Doug
34 years of experience
So awesome. An absolute pleasure to have him as my mechanic. Thanks for the great service!!

Chris

22 years of experience
2223 reviews
Chris
22 years of experience
Great service, not only on time- early for appointment. Very nice and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Scott

36 years of experience
898 reviews
Scott
36 years of experience
Having Scott come to relace the battery in my home saved me a headache!

Travis

13 years of experience
579 reviews
Travis
13 years of experience
Travis was so helpful!! He gave me upkeep information and showed me how to change my air filter myself since I’ll need one soon. He did my battery change in very little time. Tested my old one. Checked my starter. And gave me really good information on battery life and care. He was so friendly and knowledgeable. I watched while he did his work and we just chatted the whole time. Highly recommend. He’s smart, diligent, and nice. My car was in good hands.

Rigoberto

11 years of experience
739 reviews
Rigoberto
11 years of experience
On time. Very knowledgeable. Provided useful information for future repairs.

Scott

34 years of experience
546 reviews
Scott
34 years of experience
Scott called when he was on his way. When he got here, he explained that I could wait in my apartment. When he was done he called. He explained everything that he found and did . He was extremely polite and personable. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a mechanic.

Michael

4 years of experience
230 reviews
Michael
4 years of experience
Michael showed up on time and completed the work quickly.

Patrick

32 years of experience
369 reviews
Patrick
32 years of experience
Excellent services provided...and I will seek in providing additional services in the future.

Whitney

39 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
39 years of experience
Whitney was awesome. I was a little concerned that he might not have experience with cars like mine - a 1969 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible but it turned out he knows them intimately from his youth. Awesome, capable guy.

Mark

24 years of experience
116 reviews
Mark
24 years of experience
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