Do batteries naturally wear out over time?

Yes, all car and truck batteries wear out and need to be replaced over time, usually every 3 to 5 years or so. It's a good idea to have older batteries checked so you don't find yourself stranded with a dead battery.

If the battery or alternator light stays on after you've started the car, or comes on while you're driving, the battery could be running down. Have your battery checked as soon as possible.

Of course, you can run down a new battery by leaving lights or other accessories on too long. When a newer battery is drained like this, it's still most likely good, just empty of charge. Get a jump, and then drive to a shop to have the battery fully charged up again. (The old-school trick of driving around for a while strains your alternator. It's better to put the battery on a charger.)

Not sure where your battery stands? Stop in to any of our stores, and we'll check its health, free.