The Effect of Extreme Temperatures on Batteries

Most vehicle owners know that batteries have designated lifespans. However, many may not realize that extreme temperatures may shorten that time. In the winter, engine oil is thicker, which requires more power to start and warm the engine. The need to run the heater and use the headlights due to fewer hours of daylight also stress the battery.

During summer, extreme heat causes the battery acid to evaporate, which weakens the battery. Having to run the windshield wipers during a storm or the air conditioner for comfort increases the power requirement from the battery. Using the entertainment systems year-round also adds stress. In short, the battery may fail unexpectedly.

Consider scheduling your vehicle for periodic inspections at Union Park BMW. Our technicians can make sure that the battery fluid levels are correct and the battery is holding a proper charge.



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