Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Car batteries don’t last long in Phoenix

They say the average life of a car battery in Phoenix is 18-24 months. (if you have one of those top-of-the-line, 84-month super guaranty-types, you'll be closer to the 24 months!) Sometimes they'll last for years, while other times you might only get one summer out of them. 4 consecutive months of 100+ degree heat each year is just too much for them to take.


Yesterday my car was nice enough to warn me that my battery would be dying soon. When I started my car in the morning I heard the gr-gr-gr-gr before it finally turned over. It's much worse when you don't get any warning – sometimes I'm on the other side of town, at night, and in a hurry, when my battery announces its retirement.

I decided to buy a new battery since the end was near – maybe not this week, but I'd rather change it at my own house and on my own time schedule! Unfortunately, I must have run over something in the Checker parking lot, because 30 minutes after changing my battery I was at Discount Tire buying 2 new tires as well.

Apparently yesterday was car maintenance day. Funny though, it wasn't on my calendar...

Your faithful servant to his car Realtor,

Chris Butterworth

[tags] car maintenance [/tags]