The high temperatures in the summer time can wear down your car’s battery. We suggest to our customers to have their car battery tested periodically and replaced if necessary to avoid the situation of a car that won’t start.

Excessive heat shortens the life of your car battery. Heat can cause the battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. This damaged part of the charging system, usually the voltage regulator can then allow too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy the battery.

When most car owners think of dead batteries, they think of severe winter weather, but summer heat is just as likely to cause problems. Many battery problems can be prevented a couple of simple steps now can help you avoid the inconvenience of being stranded later.

To get the most out of your battery, we suggest the following:

• Be sure the electrical system is charging correctly; overcharging can damage a battery the same as undercharging.

• If your battery is the kind that needs to be filled up with liquid, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add clean distilled water when required.

• Always replace your battery with a similar one that is rated as high as the one originally specified by the manufacturer.

• Keep the battery terminals clean. Dirt can be a good conductor, which drains battery power. Also, as dirt and corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it can also insulate them and prohibit proper flow of electrical current.

Check our services page and request your appointment at Sunset Auto today to get your battery checked out.