Why Do Vehicle Batteries Die in Winter and Summer?

Car batteries always seem to fail in the winter, but that isn't the only time that your battery is prone to failure. The heat of summer also causes vehicle batteries to stop working. Extreme temperatures are the culprit. Here's why.

Batteries contain lead acid and are designed to work at a specific range. When outside temperatures go above or below this range, the battery becomes stressed. Battery capacity can drop by as much as 50 percent when the temperature is -22 Fahrenheit. High temperatures can increase a battery's capacity, but this also has a downside. Overcharging often occurs in the summer, which can significantly shorten the battery's life.

If you're wondering about the health of your battery, come in to the services department to have it checked. Our service technicians will be glad to test it and recommend a new one if you need it.



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