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Without a battery, your BMW wouldn’t be able to drive you where you need to go. Your car’s battery is a vital component as it powers everything from the headlamps and radio, to the safety features your BMW is known for. Knowing how to properly care for this battery is to understand when it needs replacing as this will help you avoid troublesome breakdowns and wasted time on the side of the road.

It’s important to know when your BMW car battery needs to be examined and how you can preserve its life for as long as possible. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided answers that will help you get the most out of your car battery.

How long will my battery in my BMW last?

All car parts have a set lifespan and eventually need to be replaced. Your battery will get less reliable as it ages, putting you at risk for breakdowns and inconvenience. Your battery’s life will depend on driver habits, climate and the battery technology being used.

How do I know when my BMW needs a new battery?

If you begin to spot signs that your BMW car is in need of a new battery, have it checked by a professional. Bring it to any Willard battery fitment centre for great service and excellent advice.

These signs include:

  • Slow engine crank. If your vehicle is slow to turn over, the lights dim when you turn on the air conditioner or heater, or your electrical components are performing strangely, these are all signs that your battery needs to be replaced.
  • The “check engine” light is on.
  • A swollen, damaged or bloated battery case.
  • Leaking battery fluid and corrosion.
  • Old age. After around 3 years, all car batteries should be examined more often and more closely for signs of failure.

How can I keep my battery in my BMW in great condition?

Basic maintenance should ensure your battery lasts as long as possible. Get the battery checked regularly by a professional. Remember that all batteries will naturally age and lose function over time, no matter how well they are maintained.

Here are a few tips to ensure your battery in your BMW is kept in great condition:

  • Try to avoid driving only for short distances. Longer drives keep your battery charged and ready to go.
  • Make sure your battery is correctly installed and clean.
  • Always remember to turn off all your lights and radio when you park your car.
  • Test the output voltage level of your car’s battery, to easily keep track of its health.
  • Frequent maintenance will benefit your vehicle’s overall health. Get your car and its battery checked annually if possible.

Keep in mind other factors that will affect your battery’s life include your personal driving style, routine, weather conditions, vehicle mileage and age.

We highly recommend reading your vehicle’s manual to ensure electronics and systems won’t be affected when replacing your battery. The easiest form of battery maintenance is to have your vehicle’s battery inspected on a regular basis and replaced when it starts to reach the end of its life. You’ll find the best care for your car’s battery with Willard battery stockists around South Africa. They can supply your BMW with the highest quality parts suited for your premium BMW.