How Hot Weather Affects your Car Battery

Did you know that heat can actually shorten the life of your car battery? During the summer months, the heat can actually cause problems for our car batteries. Heat actually causes battery fluid to evaporate, which in turn damages the battery and shortens its life. The typical battery will last between 4-6 years if taken care of, but often times excessive heat can cut that in half. 
 
The best way to avoid battery problems during the summer is have your battery inspected beforehand to check for charge and inspect the charging and starting system. It also helps to have your battery cleaned to avoid corrosion and acid buildup around the terminals. If you suspect a battery issue, the best solution is to have it checked by your local trusted mechanic to avoid a dead battery and no-start situation. 
 
In order to protect your battery this summer season, make sure to:
 
  • Inspect the electrical system to make sure that it is charging the battery at the correct rate, because overcharging can damage a battery quickly
  • Always replace a battery with one that”s rated at least as high as the one originally specified
  • Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Corrosion on battery terminals becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow
  • Try to park your vehicle out of the direct sun when parking overnight or for longer periods of time
If your battery is due for an inspection or test, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into our professionals for friendly service. Give us a call today or feel free to request an appointment using our online form. 
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