Heat is Hard: Tips to Care for Your Car Battery This Summer
Did you know that heat can be more damaging than cold temperatures when it comes to your car battery?
According to the Car Care Council, the average life of a car battery is 3.5 years, but that lifespan is even shorter in warmer climates. This is because excessive heat and overcharging are the two main culprits of diminished battery life.
Luckily, preventive maintenance goes a long way toward extending the life of your battery. Be sure to read your vehicle’s owner manual and become familiar with what kind of battery is in your vehicle, where it’s located, how to safely clean it, and what the indicator light could mean for your vehicle.
If you find yourself stuck with a dead battery, you can jump-start it following these steps:
1. Find a good working battery to help jump-start your dead one. Get the car with the good battery close enough so that your jumper cables can reach both cars. Turn off in the engine in the working car.
2. Establish positive and negative charges. Open the hoods of both cars. On the car with the dead battery, connect the red (positive) cable clamp to the red terminal. Do the same for the good battery. While at the good battery, attach the black (negative) clamp to the black terminal. Then go back to the dead battery and do the same.
3. Return to the car with the good battery and start the engine. This should establish a charge in the dead battery that will let your vehicle run for around 30 minutes — use that time to get to your local Culver City auto repair shop. You auto mechanic will be able to properly test your battery to see if you need a new one.
More helpful tips to care for your car battery:
- Keep the top of your vehicle’s battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power.
- Always replace a car battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified in your manual.