Batteries are Sensitive to Temperature: Here's Why

Whether you have a lead acid battery, lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery, chemicals can be reactive to different temperatures throughout the seasons. Inside of a battery, you have rectangular metal plates that are surrounded by chemicals. As voltage runs through the plates, electrons start to buzz inside of the battery to create electrical energy that is then stored and sent to the alternator.

During colder months, your battery has to fight harder to create this energy and store it as the weather can deplete its energy. If you have an older battery, this means it may stall or not even be able to produce a charge.

The opposite occurs during warmer months. With extreme heat, you may cause chemicals to boil and leak through the connectors, causing corrosion. While you can clean it off, a battery will continue to leak once it starts. The best way to combat that is to buy a battery with a high CCA rating. You can find low rates on batteries and other services in our service center at Blue Springs Ford located in Blue Springs, MO.

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