How do Extreme Weather Temperatures Affect Car Batteries?

Living in an area where the seasons change creates a beautiful environment, but it’s also not without its challenges. One of them is the continued operation of your car’s battery. Extreme cold and heat can each shorten the life of a battery.

The cold causes the motor oil to thicken, which results in more work to turn the engine over. That creates extra wear on the starter relay. Since the days are shorter, and precipitation higher, more of the electrical system is in use. Items such as windshield wipers, the heater, and headlights can create excess wear on the alternator. In the heat, liquid tends to evaporate. Battery fluid levels should be checked regularly to make sure they’re at proper levels. Loss of fluid overheats the battery.

When you have questions about your vehicle’s battery, don’t hesitate to stop in to McConnell Honda in Montgomery and speak with one of our technicians.

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