Time to Prepare Vehicles for Summer Heat
DALLAS--Summer is driving season for family vacations and road trips,
temperatures can put the brakes on the fun without proper vehicle
maintenance. America’s number one automotive replacement battery
Batteries, offers preventive maintenance tips to families to help
prepare their automobiles for worry-free summer travels.
"Most people focus on vehicle maintenance and repairs during the
because they believe their cars are at a higher risk for damage,"
Gale Kimbrough, Technical Services Manager with Interstate Batteries.
"In reality, once temperatures reach 90 F (32 C) or higher, the
underhood battery can be 140 F (60C). These temperatures can cause
problems, especially for car batteries, which withstand extreme heat
under the hood."
Interstate Batteries recommends that individuals follow these simple
Perform a visual inspection – Examine the battery for dirt
debris, which often accumulates during the winter. Clean all
to ensure an unsoiled connection between posts and cables. Wipe off
Confirm fluid levels – If your battery has removable vent
remove them and check the water level in each cell. Make sure the
water level is above the plate level. If necessary, add distilled
water to the cells. You will not be able to confirm any water
if the battery is not accessible or if it doesn’t have removable
Don't overcharge – Overcharging can damage a battery as
as undercharging. To make sure the electrical system is charging
correctly, have the battery and electrical charging system
professionally tested every three to six months and especially
to a vacation.
Check indicator lights – Be familiar with your car battery's
indicator lights, which are designed to alert you when the battery
needs attention. If the Battery or Charging System lights
have your vehicle’s battery and charging system tested by a