At Brown and Wood Cadillac, we want to make sure that our customers are always driving with confidence. We strive to get everything perfect from a mechanical and aesthetic standpoint, but alas, mechanical parts wear, tear, and eventually break down. And one of the most common parts is the battery. A dead battery is certainly not something you want to happen to your Cadillac XT5 in the dead of winter, so today we’ve got a few tips to help you know when to change your battery.

One of the first things to know is that your car battery can be very fickle even with advanced Cadillac engineering. Electrical charges can be highly affected by outside influences, so it’s important to know how to protect your car from unnecessary drainage.

Temperature is one of the biggest factors. Cooler temperatures allow batteries to hold their charge for longer, but hot weather, either by just overall temperature or by your battery being located too close to the engine, can cause the battery’s internal components to break down quicker, reducing lifespan by up to a couple years in extreme cases. If you want a longer-lasting battery, parking in the shade is one of the smartest things you can do.

The way you drive your Cadillac XT5 can also be a factor. Luxury vehicles come with all manner of features that use battery power, and if you only drive for short trips using all your plugins, you can end up draining your battery pretty quickly.

Remember, a great way to take your battery worries away is to come in for scheduled maintenance at our Greenville Cadillac service department. Our trained service technicians check your battery every visit to ensure it’s holding a full charge, so make an appointment to ensure your XT5 is in top condition.