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5 Battery Maintenance Tips for Summer

If you know a thing or two about cars, you probably know how damaging the heat can be to your vehicle. Specifically speaking, car batteries can drain quicker in the summer than any other time. Batteries contain acid, and some have water too, and the heat can evaporate the liquids. 

 

When this happens, It can accelerate battery corrosion and damage. To prevent your battery from dying quickly, follow these 5 maintenance tips below:

  1. Keep your car in the shade - To keep your car cool and away from the heat, we recommend parking your car in shaded areas. If you have access to a garage, use it. 
  2. Check for corrosion frequently - It is important that you keep an eye out on your battery’s condition. It is simple – just pop the hood open and check to see if there’s any corrosion around the battery’s connection points. You will need to clean the battery if there is. Baking soda and water will get the job done.
  3. Avoid too short of drives - Too short of trips can reduce your battery’s life as it won’t allow the alternator to recharge the battery. Aim to drive at least 20 minutes in one period.
  4. Drive often - When people don’t drive their cars for long periods of time, they may face car starting problems the next time they get in their car. This happens because batteries naturally discharge when left idle. If you don’t plan on driving your vehicle for a while, you can use a trickle charger to prevent this from happening.
  5. Have your battery tested - If your vehicle battery is five years old or older, it would be wise to bring your car to our auto repair shop for a test. We can calculate how much life your battery has left and whether it’s a good time to change it.

At West Coast Tire & Service, we can help you prep your car for the summer. To be specific, we can ensure your battery is road-ready with a battery and electrical system check. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment online with us today.