Tips to Keep Your Battery Humming When Temperatures Are on the Rise
Spring may have only just arrived and talking about battery care for summer may seem a bit premature. But weather is unpredictable and time tends to fly by, so it’s best to be prepared before the inevitable heat wave happens because high temps will sap your car battery.
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First step in protecting your battery in summer is checking that it’s free of gunk and operating on a full charge.
“Have a technician clean battery cables and determine if your battery is holding a charge — or overcharging due to a faulty voltage regulator or some other problem,” advises AAA Don Paxton. He suggests getting your battery checked during every regular oil change.
Secondly, make sure you know what your battery needs to stay in good working condition.
According to the Care Council, “If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add distilled water when necessary.”
Finally, take into consideration where you drive to get a better picture of your battery’s strength.
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“If you perform short trips or predominantly drive in the city, it’s possible that your battery doesn’t charge enough between your starting point and destination. This can lead to a discharged battery over time, leaving you stranded or needing a boost,” reports Your Mechanic Writer Jason Unrau. He recommends using an automatic battery charger to fully charge your battery, a potentially several-hour process.
Keep your car’s battery running well all year long with regular maintenance and checks.