With battery life, winter’s not the only culprit
Cold kills car batteries. And heat is its accomplice.
That’s why auto shops across America are stocking extra batteries this year.
Low temperatures slow down chemical reactions, including the one retaining a charge in your car battery. In winter, most commuters will hear a sluggish ignition – if they hear one at all.
Mild winters mean fewer battery problems, right? Not necessarily.
According to NOAA, summer 2015 was the hottest on record in more than a century. Many cities experienced highs more than 10 degrees above their average – which, according to a Battery Council International study, is hot enough to damage a battery’s life and capacity. If a battery gets hot enough, its internal components corrode and weaken how much power the battery has.
It’s called heat deterioration. Every vehicle in North America is suffering from it this year, and no one has noticed it. But they will. Temps don’t have to fall far to give car owners a sluggish ignition – if they get one at all.
The problem is most car owners only think about replacing their battery when it’s dead. So when a cold snap hits, no matter how severe, drivers often find themselves stuck.
That’s why Interstate Batteries encourages you to test your battery now. The ED-18 Battery Analyzer available at many Interstate Batteries dealers can detect heat damage and predict exactly how cold it has to get to kill a battery.
Find an Interstate Batteries dealer now and get your battery tested.