Summer will be the season for major car battery problems.

Heat, not cold, shortens battery life, says the Car Care Council. The common life of any battery is three 5 years, and also shorter in warmer climates.

Excessive heat and overcharging are the 2 main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which damages the internal structure in the battery. A malfunctioning component inside the charging system, it is usual that the voltage regulator, enables too high a charging rate. That is slow death to get a battery.

Statistics direct from 2005 National Car Care Month inspection campaign show battery cables, clamps and terminals were found to wish maintenance in 13 percent of vehicles, and 7 percent of batteries were not properly held down.

To achieve the most life out of every a battery, the Car Care Council suggests the listed :

* Make certain the electrical product is charging in the correct rate ; overcharging can damage a battery as easily as undercharging.

* In case your battery will be the type that must be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add distilled water when necessary.

* Always replace a battery with one that is rated not less than all the way to the one originally specified.

* Keep the highest in the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

The Car Care Council will be the source of data to the Be Car Care Aware consumer education campaign promoting the rewards of regular vehicle maintenance and repair to consumers.



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