Don't Let Extreme Temperatures Drain Your Battery

Tim Short Mazda answers a lot of questions about batteries. We don't mind. We want drivers to make informed decisions regarding their vehicles. One of the biggest concerns drivers have is the effectiveness of their battery in extreme temperatures.

It's no secret that batteries are forced to work overtime in the winter. Motor oil thickens in cold temperatures making the motor work harder to turn over. An overworked motor draws more amperage from the battery. A relatively new battery can handle the extra demand, but an older battery is more likely to fail. Drivers using their windshield wipers and headlights more adds to the problem. Replace your battery with one with a high number of cold cranking amps to ensure your car starts on freezing winter mornings.

Summer heat can also damage your battery. Check your battery's electrolyte levels often, especially during a heat wave.



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