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Heat and Batteries

Have you ever seen the summer heat fry eggs on the sidewalk? That same heat is doing quite a number to your car battery by shortening its life expectancy. Today's battery gives little to no warning when it's time is up. 

Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate damaging the internal structure and accelerating corrosion. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate.

Early detection can save you time, money, and the frustration associated with an unexpected battery or electrical system failure. Select repair facilities, including Kirtec Auto Services in Surrey can detect problems with your battery before it fails. We measure conductance or the battery's ability to deliver current, to predict at what temperature a battery may fail to start your vehicle.

The following are ways to get the most out of a battery:
• Check that the electrical system is charging at the correct rate
• Always replace a battery with one that's rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Accumulated corrosion also becomes an insulator inhibiting current flow. 

We suggest having a professional test your battery once or twice a year. Stop by Kirtec Auto Services today at 5825 136 Street or call 604-598-0898 to schedule an appointment to have your charging system checked. Early detection may keep you from being stranded someday.

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