Batteries, like so many other parts inside a car, have a clock ticking next to them. In time, a battery dies out from age. Unlike many other parts, the weather can cause serious problems for a battery. Older, weaker batteries become more likely to fail, but even newer ones can, as well. Extreme weather could play a significant role in performance problems.

Cold weather is known to cause battery troubles, but why? The cold temperatures drive down a battery's capacity, so it has far less power to spare. Since the starter and many electrical accessories rely on the battery, the compromised capacity gives out quickly.

By itself, heat can harm a battery. Another problem arises, too. During hot weather, the battery may suffer from overcharging. Overcharging can kill a battery. The cold might get more notoriety, but the hot weather can be just as troubling.

Don't experience battery troubles. Call on the service department at Lithia Nissan of Ames for assistance.


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