How Extreme Temperatures Affect Car Batteries

There are few things worse than being stranded with a dead car battery. That is, unless it happens to be during one of the coldest or hottest days of the year. With proper battery maintenance, that shouldn’t be a situation you will have to encounter.

Cold weather creates more work for your vehicle’s system. Because the freezing temperatures cause the engine oil to thicken, the battery and starter relay need to use more energy to provide the charge that starts the engine. Multi-grade engine oil helps with that situation. On the other end of the thermostat, hot weather also causes a drain on the battery. If you don’t check the fluid levels periodically, you may find that the heat has evaporated it to a point that the battery’s overheated.

Getting on a routine maintenance schedule will keep you in good running order. Spring and autumn are midpoints between extreme weather conditions. Stop by Miller's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Martinsburg and speak with one of our service technicians about the best program for your battery.

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