Feeling this August Heat? So is your Battery!
Updated: Sep 5, 2018
Does that long West Hartford, CT commute in the summer heat bog you down? The heat does the exact same thing to your vehicles battery! Most folks think that severe winter temps and weather poses the worst threat on your battery, but it’s actually heat that does the most damage!
Overcharging and excessive heat are the top two reasons batteries life is shortened and have to be replaced. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate damaging the internal make up of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the voltage regulator allows too high of a charging rate, which drains the battery and results in death.
“Most battery problems start before the temperature drops in the winter. The main culprit which shortens battery life is heat”, said Anthony Aniello, Owner and CEO, International Auto Service Center. “On the other hand, cold temperatures increase oil thickness making it harder for the engine to turn over. This makes the battery work harder and you could run into a lot of starter issues”.
The International Auto Service Center advises you follow these simple steps to get the most out of your vehicles battery:
• Do NOT overcharge your vehicles battery. Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. Overcharging is just as bad as undercharging!
• If your battery is the kind that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. One trick is to add distilled water when necessary.
• Make sure to replace your battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Keep your vehicles battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. As corrosion accumulates on your battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.
We want to make sure your vehicle is reliable in all seasons so please follow those steps. If you have any issues or need to replace your vehicle’s battery call us at (860) 953-1675 or visit us online at www.iascct.com to schedule an appointment.