Summer heat can damage your car battery

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Car battery failures are on the rise in the winter, and it’s often cold weather that takes the blame for damage caused by temperatures. However, experts say that the heat of summer can kill your car battery 33 percent faster than the cold of winter. This is because high temperatures accelerate battery corrosion.

22News spoke with Service Manager Michael Lapite at City Tire of Springfield, who provided some advice on how to extend the life of your car battery: “Basically, what you want to do is test your battery every oil change. You want to make sure your connections are always tight. You want to make sure that no rust builds up. Most new cars now come with insulation around the batteries to protect them from heat and cold.”

Most auto body shops offer free battery inspections when you come in for an oil change. In addition to monitoring your vehicle’s battery life in the summer, it is recommended that you check other parts as well.

“You know, belts, cooling systems, air conditioning… things like that. Tires are always a big thing. He wants to make sure he’s safe and ready for the colder weather ahead,” Lapite said.

With a heat wave expected later this week, it’s not a bad idea to start car battery maintenance before temperatures soar.

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