Summer months in Arizona not only bring on high heat to our bodies that require special adjustments to our life style; but, can you imagine what happens under the hood of our cars. Imagine the battery in your car, which depends on fluid, going through the strain of 110 degrees outside temperatures, plus the heat generated by the engine, and responding to power demands from starting the car multiple times each day. This is what your battery faces each summer here in Arizona.
Half of car battery failures are caused by the loss of water from poor maintenance, evaporation from excessive high heat, or overcharging. Our hot summer temperatures are the worst environment for a battery.
Here are 5 symptoms that will tell you all is NOT well with your battery:
- Normal engine turns over but it doesn’t start.
- Slow, labored engine turn over, but no start.
- No crank, no start, no lights.
- One day it starts fine, the next day it won’t.
- You have had to jump the battery already.
Studies show that in extreme heat the average life of a battery is 30 months. So, if your battery is two to three years old, you need to plan for battery failure. GET IT CHECKED! Most battery manufacturers will provide free or pro-rated replacements if under a warranty (usually 3- 5 years). Always ask about the warranty and keep your receipt. But, not planning ahead can result in battery failure at the most inopportune time, resulting in an unexpected expense for a tow, jump start, or taxi.
Ok, here is the test. When will you replace your battery?
*When it dies completely, and jumping it no longer works?
*When it dies on me in the mall parking lot, during the late afternoon commute, with the kids in the car?
*When my mechanic tells me?
*When the tow truck driver hands me a bill for a jump-start?
*Every two and a half years, or when it starts showing signs of wear?
*Never/I don’t know!!