Ah, the trees are growing fresh green leaves, the bees are buzzing, and the heat of summer is just around the corner, especially here in the sunny Carolinas. Spring and summer sure beat the chill of February, but just like extreme winter weather, the heat can take a serious toll on your car’s battery.
And in reality, the temperature of your battery is always much warmer than the temperature outside, which can cause your battery to underperform or even fail to function. To top it off, all of the new gadgets in today’s automobiles, like DVD players, navigation systems, and cell phone chargers can often make matters worse for your battery in the warm months. This is why it’s important to have a healthy battery that meets the power needs of your vehicle.
Should I stop using my gadgets and tech features? How do I protect my battery?
No, you don’t have to stop using your GPS and phone charger to save your battery. Instead, the key to keeping your battery at top performance is to simply check it at the beginning of every season.
As a rule of thumb, it’s always a good idea to have your battery checked by a reliable technician if it’s more than three years old. The friendly techs at your local AAA Car Care Center are battery experts who know what red flags to look for in car batteries.
If you’re a AAA member and have a battery problem at home or on the road, AAA’s Mobile Battery Service will come to you. They’ll test your battery for no charge and can even replace your battery on the spot. All AAA batteries are premium batteries, backed by a three-year warranty and are available for a variety of vehicles.
When checking your battery, examine the outside for bulges in the casing, cracks, and fluid leaks. If you notice any of these characteristics, we recommend replacing your battery immediately. If your battery is an older type with removable filler caps, it’s a good idea to have it replaced before summer begins. With these types of batteries, the heat can cause the battery fluid to evaporate faster.
Don’t wait until you’re stranded on the way to the beach to check your battery. Have it tested by the pros at AAA.
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