It’s a common misconception.
Almost everyone believes winter weather is what kills a car battery but that isn’t the case.
“Everyone thinks that the cold is when batteries go bad but actually there are more batteries that fail in the heat, especially the summertime heat than in the wintertime said Keith Grosinsky of Interstate Battery in Tulsa.
A recent trip there turned up three people in line to buy new car batteries and each of them for that very reason.
The cold starts the damage but summer is the final blow.
To add insult to injury Oklahoma weather kills car batteries faster than average.
“A six year battery will last five years here and a five year will last four years, and there’s nothing you can do about it” Keith commented.
Another issue with the car’s power plant is how we drive. Keith told KRMG news trips less than 30 minutes don’t allow enough time for your alternator to deliver a recharge. But there is a way to counteract that and extend the life of the battery.
“I would recommend you put your battery on a battery tender or a trickle charger” Keith began. “It will double the life of your battery because it doesn’t allow the draining after the short trips.”
Keith also told us Interstate will check any battery bought anywhere free if you bring it by one of their locations.