Do You Know How Extreme Temperatures Affect Car Batteries?

Have you ever noticed that your car was reluctant to turn over in cold weather at well-below freezing temperatures? Car batteries are designed to operate at a range of 50 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. For each 20 degrees drop in temperature, the battery's capacity drops by 20 percent. At -22 Fahrenheit, batteries lose half their power.

Extreme heat is also a problem for batteries. While the battery's capacity actually increases at temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the battery's life is shortened by the extreme heat. You might be surprised to learn that leaving an interior light on has a negligible effect on your car's battery capacity and its battery life.

Stop in to see us at Bruce Walters Kia for a battery test. If it has a low charge or output, we offer a prompt replacement.



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