Heat and Cold Weaken Batteries

Batteries operate smoothly in the temperature range of 30 through 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that fall outside of that range tend to hurt battery performance and shorten its useful life. In warm weather, the chemical reaction inside the chambers speeds up and causes the fluid to evaporate. With too little fluid, the operation of the unit causes damage.

Great Falls drivers know that batteries often fail in freezing temperatures. Cold weather can damage batteries that have been weakened by hot weather. Cold starts require twice the electric power of normal starts due to oil and sluggish engine parts affected by the cold. Often the battery failures of winter started as a weak battery in the hot weather.

At Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Great Falls we understand the importance of keeping your battery in good condition. We check batteries as part of routine maintenance. Owners must help by listening for signs of a weak battery and having it checked if the vehicle starts slowly or clicks when cranking. Our service center provides high-quality replacement batteries that meet and exceed manufacturers recommendations.

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