How do High Temperatures Affect the Inner Workings of Car Batteries?

Though car batteries look like simple mechanisms, they are much more complicated than they seem. Most people consider the battery to be a simple storage unit, but the inner workings of a battery are every bit as intricate as the other workings of your car’s engine. Your car battery is made up of six cells. Inside each cell are two lead plates immersed in sulfuric acid. These two ingredients generate free electrons that pass through the poles on demand to kick your engine into motion.

High ambient temperatures increase the speed of these reactions reducing the lifetime of your battery. Overcharging can cause the containers housing the cells to break down at the molecular level which will eventually compromise the battery’s functionality.

At Ontario Mazda, we check out the integrity of your battery during every service.

 

 

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