Summer Heat Can Destroy Your Battery
Most folks are aware that the cold temperatures can wreak havoc on a car battery, but it’s actually the extremely hot temperatures in summer that may do the most destruction. Consider that if it’s hot outside, it’s going to be blazing hot under your car’s hood. If the temperature outside is 90 degrees, it’s approximately 140 degrees under your hood. This extreme heat can evaporate the fluid in your battery, which can then cause damage to the battery’s internal structure and speed up the battery’s corrosion. Eventually, this will cause your battery to experience a much shorter lifespan than projected.
Grease can trap heat in your battery, so not only will cleaning your battery prevent corrosion build-up on the terminals but it can also help keep it from getting too hot. If you can, park your car in a garage or under a tree to help keep your battery cool (another benefit of doing this is that it can also help keep your car’s interior cooler); if you’re unable to park in a covered space, try to prop your hood open for a brief period of time to help cool your battery.
Here are some of the warning signs that your battery may be damaged:
- Visible damage to the battery
- Visible corrosion on the battery’s cables or posts
- It feels like your vehicle is losing electrical power
- Your vehicle needs frequent jump-starts or is temperamental when starting
If you have any concerns about your battery at all, schedule an appointment to have the experts in our Service Center take a good look at it.