Summer heat drains car batteries

POSTED: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- The blistering summer sun not only drains us but our car batteries as well.

You won't hear local automotive shops complaining about the temperatures though because their businesses are booming right now.

Without a working battery, your car is essentially useless and Gordon Wilhelm knows exactly what kind of problems that can cause.

"If it fritzs out, or shorts out, or dies there's a lot of things that won't work from radios, to air conditioners to onboard computers," said Wilhelm with Brazos Valley Automotive.

The summer months take its toll on car batteries, causing them to die much quicker than normal.

"A car battery in the heat starts to discharge about 24 hours after the car is turned off," said Kirk Holland with Aggieland Automotive.

On average your car battery can last anywhere from three to five years but experts say with these high temperatures it could only last up to 30 months in this heat.

Which means more business for automotive shops.

"The summer months are always our best sales months, I guess is the best way to say it," said Wilhelm.

"We stock quite a bit more and we seem to replace a battery on a customers car maybe three to four times as much," said Holland.

Batteries can cost as much as $120.00 so to make sure you don't get stranded in the heat, test your battery levels to see if they're low and if you haven't driven your car in a while, drive it around to charge it up again.


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