Heat vs. Cold: Which is Worse for Automotive Batteries?

Batteries are no different than most other mechanical and electrical devices in that they can be affected by extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum. Below are a few facts about the effects of temperature on battery life that every driver needs to know.

Extreme cold weather reduces the operating capacity of a battery and makes it less capable of providing an adequate charge when needed. On the other hand, the hot weather tends to increase the charge capacity while decreasing the overall usable lifespan of the battery. Keeping a battery fully charged and regularly checking fluid levels, especially in hot weather, can promote longer battery life and more efficient operation.

If you’ve noticed any problems with your vehicle’s battery or if you know that your battery has been subjected to extreme temperatures recently, bring your vehicle into the team at Volvo of State College for a battery inspection and test today.



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