Feeling Drained by the Summer Heat? So is Your Car’s Battery…

It probably comes as no surprise that your car's battery plays a vital role in the proper function of your vehicle. Over the years, batteries have become much larger in size and capacity as the addition of multiple computers, or modules, now control many comforts and systems in your car, truck, or SUV vehicle including the radio, air conditioning, USB ports, and internal and external lights. The battery is also responsible for sending electricity to the starter so that the vehicle is able to start and run. With new technologies designed to save fuel mileage, such as start/stop technology, even more strain is placed on your battery.

However, you may be surprised to learn that hot summer months can be just as draining on your car battery as the frigid winter months. Hot weather leads to evaporation of fluids in the battery needed for the chemical reactions that are converted to electrical energy. Heat and can also speed up the process of corrosion. Not to mention that your battery is working extra hard to power air conditioning that is set to the highest setting during those sweltering summer days.

A failing battery may provide some warning signs such as:

  • - A“clicking” sound when trying to start the vehicle.
  • - Dim headlights.
  • - Illuminated dashboard warning light.

But it is just as likely that your battery may completely fail without warning, especially in certain situations like when the lights are accidentally left on overnight.

Without a working battery, the engine will not start and your car will cease to function. Since battery failure can occur without warning, it is important for drivers to keep watch over battery life.

While batteries are designed to last 3-5 years, this lifespan can be affected by extreme weather conditions and improper maintenance. That is why it is important to have your battery tested by technicians with the proper tools whenever you get your car serviced. It is always advisable to heed a technician's recommendation to replace a battery, even if you have not experienced any of the warning signs of a failing battery.

When in doubt, always reach out to us at (203) 761-9541 or stop in at 658 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897. Our mechanics at Wilton Auto and Tire Center are equipped with the necessary tools to examine your battery’s performance. If our results indicate you need a replacement battery, our team will help you through the replacement process.

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Written by Wilton Auto and Tire Center