Extreme temperatures can greatly affect your vehicle’s battery. Often, drivers think that winter’s cold temperatures are the worst thing a battery can experience. However, summer’s hot temperatures make batteries vulnerable, too.
According to Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council, “Summer heat is the real culprit…Many battery problems start long before the temperatures drop. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life.”
An automobile’s battery is dependent on a chemical reaction to make it function properly. Therefore, having the optimum temperature is vital for your vehicle’s battery. According to battery producers and experts Diehard, a vehicle’s battery operates best at 80˚F.
Used under normal conditions, your vehicle’s battery should last five to seven years. However, if you live in an area that experiences extremely hot summer weather followed by severe cold, this could shorten the life of your battery.
Hot, hot, heat
The liquid inside your battery can evaporate in hot weather. Without that liquid inside your battery, parts of it can be severely damaged, which leads to shorter battery life expectancy.
Heat can also cause internal corrosion. The cells within your battery will corrode due to the hot temperatures outside. Once the damage has been done to your battery, there is no turning back.
The bitter cold
Although it is summer that takes the greatest toll on your battery, cold weather isn’t innocent. During the colder months, the engine’s oil becomes thicker, and the thickness of the oil makes the engine difficult to start. This leads to the battery working harder.
Cold temperatures can also slow down the chemical reactions in a vehicle’s battery. These slowed-down reactions cause a battery to be sluggish in winter.
During the winter months, cold temperatures zap the battery’s ability to provide sufficient power to start and run a vehicle. In addition, the water inside your battery could freeze. The liquid can freeze at 30˚F, if it has a low state of charge. Freezing causes the water to expand and damage the battery’s cells.
Contributing factors to vehicle’s battery life
Coupled with the extreme hot and cold, your driving habits can also wear your battery down. Turning your car on and off causes strain on the vehicle’s starter. Going short distances and constantly getting in and out of your vehicle is detrimental to the battery.
Having entertainment systems in your vehicle can greatly affect your battery as well. The additional strain can zap it of its ability to power your vehicle. In addition, charging mobile devices can drain your battery over time.
What you can do to keep your battery going
One way to keep your battery going is to have your mechanic check the vehicle’s electrical system whenever it is being serviced. It is also recommended to keep the top of your battery clean. Dirt and other deposits can build up and drain your battery of power.
Corrosion can also form on the battery terminals. Often blue in color, corrosion reduces the battery’s current flow. If you do need to replace your battery, make sure you select one that is graded as highly as the original. Once you’ve done that, it should last you – fingers crossed – five to seven years.
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