The Effect of Extreme Temperatures on Battery Life

Most drivers just assume that their vehicle’s battery will work whenever it’s needed, but that may not be the case in hot or cold conditions. If you live in or plan to visit an area that experiences extreme heat or cold, keep the following facts in mind.

Heat and cold affect batteries in different ways. Even a seemingly small temperature drop can impact a battery’s ability to produce the charge that’s needed to start a vehicle. At the other extreme, a temperature increase of just 15 degrees reduces the life of the battery by increasing the overall charge capacity and overheating the electrolyte fluid that’s necessary for proper operation.

As with most critical automotive components, regular inspection and maintenance is the key to proper battery operation at any temperature. Visit Acura of Honolulu at our convenient location here in Honolulu for more tips on preserving the life of your vehicle’s battery.



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