In the summer, make sure to remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can inspect the parts to ensure they are wearing correctly. If there is an issue with your vehicle, we can repair it as soon as possible for the safety and reliability of it. One part that is forgotten about is the battery. Heat will affect a battery more than the cold temperatures of winter. If you ever notice an issue with your vehicle, battery, or how the vehicle starts, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can test the battery for you.
Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes damaging to the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. This will lead to the battery failing over time.
To improve the life of the battery, try these tips:
Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
Always replace a battery with one that is rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power.
Check the battery for corrosion. As corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.
By bringing the vehicle in at the first sign of an issue, you can help save money in the long run, as well as a costly repair bill.