As we move into July and August and the temperatures start to rise, it’s important to know what kind of effect our Michigan Summers can have on your car’s battery.
Heat will cause the car battery fluid to evaporate and that damages the internal structure of the battery. Another strong suspect in our battery murder mystery is a malfunctioning voltage regulator. Affected by the high heat, they will allow too high a charging rate and that is like slow poison to your battery.
[success]A few simple precautions will help you avoid the cost and inconvenience of a dead car battery later. Check the following regularly during the dog days ahead:
Take your car to a service center and have them make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate.
Some batteries need to be topped off. In hot weather check it regularly, especially and add distilled water when necessary. It’s not a bad idea ot keep a jug in the car, just in case.
If you need to get the battery replaced, don’t skimp. Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the original one.
Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt acts as a conductor and drains battery power. Corrosion accumulates on battery posts become an insulator and choke off current flow. [/success]
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