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A conventional Nissan battery in a non-electric car is covered by the Nissan Replacement Battery Limited Warranty for up to 84 months. Starting in 2022, all new Nissan electric vehicles (EVs) will be covered by the 2022 New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty for 96 months or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
For conventional and electric Nissans, the battery is a vital component in keeping your car running. Unfortunately, batteries sometimes fail sooner than expected. If that happens, you might be entitled to a battery replacement that is paid for (partly or in full) by Nissan.
It’s important to know when and if your battery is covered by a Nissan warranty. But navigating the warranty terms and conditions can be more than a little bewildering. That’s why car insurance super-app and warranty guru Jerry has done it for you! Scroll through this comprehensive guide for the answers to all your Nissan battery warranty questions.
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What’s the warranty on a Nissan battery?
The warranty for your Nissan’s battery will depend on whether it is an EV.
Conventional (non-EV) Nissan batteries are protected by the Nissan Replacement Battery Limited Warranty. For the first 24 months, this warranty will cover the total cost of a new battery including labor, assuming that the battery was installed by an authorized Nissan dealer.
After 24 months, the battery is covered for an additional 60 months (a total warranty duration of 84 months), but only a portion of the cost will be paid for. For the last 60 months, the warranty becomes pro-rata, meaning that the percentage the dealer will pay decreases as time goes on. Labor costs will not be covered at all during the pro-rata period of the warranty.
If you have a new Nissan EV, your battery will be covered for 96 months or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. This protection is provided under the Lithium-Ion Battery Coverage and the Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity Coverage. Nissan will cover the cost of repairing or replacing the battery if it becomes faulty or loses charging capacity during that time.
Battery warranties are only intended to protect against defects in materials or workmanship. They will not cover damages that result from accidents/collisions, theft, fire/freezing, or misuse of the battery/vehicle.
Here’s how Nissan’s battery warranties break down:
|Warranty||What it covers||How long it lasts|
|Replacement Battery Limited Warranty||Damage or failure of an EV battery due to defects in materials or workmanship||24 months total coverage + 60 months pro-rata coverage|
|Lithium-Ion Battery Coverage||Damage or failure of an EV battery due to defects in materials or workmanship||96 months or 100,000 miles|
|Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity Coverage||An EV battery losing its charge capacity||96 months or 100,000 miles|
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Key Takeaway An original Nissan standard battery is covered under the Replacement Battery Limited Warranty for 84 months. An original Nissan EV battery is covered under its own warranty for 96 months.
Signs your Nissan battery needs to be replaced
Before you rush out to get your Nissan battery replaced, you should first check that it doesn’t just need a jump-start.
If that doesn’t solve the issue, there are some telltale signs that your battery may be completely unserviceable. If you notice these signs, you might need a new battery:
- The battery light is on: Your dashboard gauge cluster has a warning light specifically to alert you when there is an issue with your battery. If you notice that the battery light is on, you’ll want to get your battery checked.
- No power to lights and horn: If you notice that your lights, horn, or other electrical systems have none or very weak power, it could be a sign your battery is dying.
- Engine cranks without starting: A functioning battery is needed to power your car’s starter. If the engine cranks but does not start, your starter may not be getting the power it needs. This could point to a faulty battery.
- Swollen battery case: This is a very serious issue. You should always check to see if the battery case is swollen before you do anything else. If it is, do not attempt to start the engine or jump-start the battery. A swollen case is indicative of serious internal damage to the battery which could result in an explosion.
- Leaking battery: If your battery is leaking acid, it will need to be replaced.
Conventional Nissan batteries typically last for two to five years. The batteries in the Nissan Leaf and other EVs, on the other hand, can last as long as eight years.
How to extend the lifespan of a Nissan battery
The best way to get the most out of your Nissan battery is by sticking to the recommended Nissan service intervals and staying up-to-date on all routine maintenance.
If you want to go the extra mile (figuratively and literally), here are some helpful hints to keep your Nissan battery alive and kicking as long as possible:
- Avoid frequent short trips. Your battery is taxed when the car starts, but keeping the car running allows it to recharge. Taking frequent short trips will keep your battery levels chronically low, which will shorten its life.
- Don’t leave your car unused for long periods. If you leave your car unused for an extended period, the battery will begin to drain. This is bad for its overall health.
- Double-check that your lights are off. Always make sure you turn off all lights when you get out of your car and unplug things like aux cables.
- Scrub your battery terminals. Keeping your battery terminals clean and free of debris/corrosion is key to extending its life. Periodically scrub the terminals with a toothbrush covered in baking soda.
- Steer clear of extreme heat. Extreme temperatures, and especially heat, are harmful to your battery. They will drain its charge and shorten its lifespan.
How to find affordable Nissan insurance
Knowing that your battery is covered by a Nissan warranty can give you some peace of mind, but it doesn’t protect against everything. To keep your Nissan protected from collisions and other damages, you’ll need quality auto insurance.
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