The Summertime Drain | Battery

The heat of summertime can sap your energy. It can also drain the energy out of your battery, leaving you needing a New Orleans auto care expert.

The winters here in New Orleans don’t get as cold as the ones in, say, the North Pole. But the occasional chill can be cool enough to play havoc with your car. So you might feel that, with summer here, you can relax your car care vigilance. At least until, oh, December, maybe?

Not so fast.

If you want your car to last a long time; if you want to be sure it’ll start when you head off to San Fermin in Nueva Orleans and other fun events, you’ll stay on the ball as far as auto care is concerned. Because, hard as winter is on cars, the summer heat can be even worse.

Take your battery, for example. It’s more likely to fail in the summer than in the winter, according to consumeraffairs.com. And those that fail in the winter are likely dying because of an energy drain that happened in the summer. Consumeraffairs.com explains: “One reason dead batteries are often associated with cold weather is [because] colder temperatures increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over. That means the battery has to work harder.” A battery that is weak because of the toll of summer heat will then fail.

Consumeraffairs.com offers these four tips for making your battery last:

  • Make sure it is charging at the correct rate.
  • “Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt and engine grease can build up and, when they do, they serve as a conductor, which drains battery power.
  • “Look for corrosion accumulating on battery terminals. The corrosion, often blue in color, serves as an insulator, reducing current flow.
  • “When it is time to replace your battery, select one that’s rated at least as high as the original.”

When it’s time to check to make sure your battery is charging correctly or time to get a new battery, the place to come is Twin Tire and Auto Care. Twin Tire is the premier New Orleans area auto repair and tire service shop. Twin Tire has been the trusted auto repair shop in the New Orleans-Metairie-Gretna area since 1973. Our certified auto mechanics provide all levels of auto care, from preventive maintenance all the way to and including major repairs on cars and light trucks at our three convenient locations in Harvey, Marrero and Hammond. For maintenance and repairs to heavy commercial vehicles, go to our Harahan location.

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