Now that summer is here, it may be time to check if your car can take the heat.
In a recent statement by CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), over the past few years, there has been an eight per cent increase in car battery-related calls during summer months. The increase is believed to be connected to the extreme temperatures affecting southern Ontario.
Extreme heat can weaken a vehicle battery and shorten its lifespan.
“Many people worry about their batteries failing in the winter, but intense heat can be just as much of an issue as the bitter cold,” says Kaitlynn Furse, the manager of public relations for CAA SCO. “A car battery can lose its charge 33 per cent faster in extreme heat compared to the frigid winter, draining the power necessary to start the car.”
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The rising temperatures outside a vehicle also could also increase the temperature under the hood as well. During an average 32 C day, temperatures inside a vehicle can exceed over 60 C.
High heat under the hood may lead to structural damage, corrosion and the breakdown of the charging system.
“Beyond monitoring and maintaining your battery, drivers should pay close attention to any sign of their car overheating to avoid finding themselves on the side of the road,” said Furse.
Keeping your vehicle as cool as possible is one of the best ways to extend a car batteries lifespan.
This can be achieved by parking in a garage, using a car canopy, and/or window covers.
Here are some other ways vehicle owners can ensure they are ready for the heat:
- Cleaning the top of the car battery and the connections to prevent discharge.
- Flush the cooling system with fresh coolant periodically., as it can deteriorate over time and can become acidic. This acidity can eat away at hoses and seals, cause damage, and overheat an engine.
- Get the air conditioning system inspected by a certified technician if it seems like it’s lacking power.
- Deflated tires affect the handling and braking of a vehicle, and can also cause tires to overheat and increases the chance of a blowout. Checking tire pressure is a good way to prevent damage.
Is your vehicle ready to take on the summer heat?