There’s nothing worse than trying to start your vehicle, only to discover that you have a dead battery. And when it’s hot outside, the heat can really do a number on your battery’s health and lifespan. Even though autumn is approaching, there are still some things every driver should be aware of when it comes to battery safety. Read on to learn more about some car battery basics that will help prevent you from dealing with the annoying experience of a dead or dying battery this summer and beyond.
Heat and Your Battery
When it’s extremely hot outside, it can drain your battery and cause permanent damage. The summer temperatures can evaporate fluids that your battery needs in order to hold a charge. Not only that, but heat can do damage to the internal components of a car battery which can cause rusting and corrosion. When you have too much corrosion in a car battery, the damage is already done and you’ll need to replace it. Corrosion will make your battery age faster and have less power, which means you could end up stranded.
What Can You Do?
It’s impossible to predict when your battery will die, but there are a few things you can do to prevent it as much as humanly possible. First, check your battery’s condition and power level before and after summer to ensure it’s still in good condition. Most auto repair shops or auto parts stores will happily perform a battery test for you. By testing things in advance, you will be able to save yourself a whole lot of money, time, and frustration later. You should also visually check the battery contacts to make sure they’re not rusting. Clean them with a water and baking soda solution, and gently brush them clean with a soft toothbrush.
Battery Red Flags
Pay close attention to your battery and look for a few signs and symptoms that the battery could be on its last leg. Check your engine upon starting and listen for a slow crank that seems out of the ordinary. If your check engine light or battery light is on, these are also indicators that the battery needs your attention. Open your hood and visually check the battery. If it looks swollen, there’s likely a serious issue with the cables and the battery could be at risk of exploding. Check your headlights, brake lights, and interior lights. If they seem to be dimmer than usual, it may also be a sign that it’s time for a new battery.
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