How Does Extreme Weather Affect Car Batteries?
It’s difficult to enjoy the beauty of a winter or summer day when your car’s battery won’t provide the juice to get you where you’re going. With proper battery maintenance, your vehicle should get you to your destination every day.
The cold weather causes engine oil to thicken, and as a result, the battery and starter relay expend more energy trying to turn the engine over. Once your car is warmed up and running, it is most likely doing so with the heater and headlights going as well as the windshield wipers. That draws a great deal of power from the alternator, which also affects the battery. In a hot weather situation, your battery runs the risk of overheating due to fluid evaporation.
When you’re in Urbandale, stop in to Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines and speak with one of our service members about getting on a regular maintenance schedule. We recommend battery service in the spring and fall.