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How long do car batteries last usually

Car battery has been on charger to help start car. I have checked level of water in battery. Charger shows that it is charged but car still not starting. Fuel filter changed out, Can hear fuel pump still. No start only tries to start then I guess it gets flooded. Any ideas???

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Its depend on the electrical in youf car brand new car 5 to 6 years after 3 year your lucky if you reach 4

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Normal life of a battery is 3 years.
Are you saying the engine will not crank, or not start ?
No crank could be a battery problem, but not a no start problem.

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