Automotive Guide: Extreme Temperatures and Your Car Battery

Do you go outside during cold months to warm up the car only to find that the car battery is dead? This is a common problem for people who live in colder areas and experience frigid states that change the chemicals inside of your car battery. Typically batteries are filled with lead-acid and have cells that contains negative and positive electrodes.

The car battery has to be properly charged in order for it to work properly. Both extremely hot and cold temperatures can cause issues for a car battery. If the temperature drops below -1 degree Celsius, your battery might freeze if it is not fully charged. However, heat also affects car batteries.

In hot areas, the chemical reactions are sped up in the battery that can lead to corrosion and leaks. Once acid starts to leak, it can corrode connectors and the battery casing, leading to poor connectivity and ultimately a dead battery. If you need help with your battery, just ask the experts in our service center at Lithia Toyota of Billings located in Billings, MT.

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