Use EnerSys® ODYSSEY® Batteries to Power Your Vehicle This National Car Care Month

It’s April, which means it is National Car Care Month and the seasonal heat wave is approaching quickly. One might think that winter does a lot of damage to a car’s battery, but the summer’s heat is tougher on your battery than the winter’s cold. It is during the warmer months when your car battery works its hardest to keep you moving.

Check the condition of your car battery regularly. Under the hood is one of the harshest environments that your battery must endure. Just as you would check fluid levels in your car, you should also check the battery’s condition of health. Some important maintenance tips to keep in mind include keeping the battery clean; inspecting the case, terminals, cables and clamps; and checking the battery’s State of Charge (SOC). Following these steps will help ensure your battery’s readiness for the best performance throughout the upcoming season. As always, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for care and direct any questions to your battery professional.

What happens to a car battery when it gets too hot? As lead acid batteries absorb extreme heat, chemical activity in the battery accelerates. This reduces service life at a rate of 50 percent for every 18°F (10°C) increase from 77°F (25°C). If a battery has a design life of six years at 77°F (25°C), and the battery spent its life at 95°F (35°C), then its delivered service life would be three years. During the summer, the exterior temperature of a car, including under the hood, can reach up to 200°F when left in the sun for long periods. Dramatic reductions in service life can cause alternative battery models to unexpectedly stop working and leave you stranded this summer.

Don’t forget to check for corrosion. A battery may have terminal corrosion that can lead to a reduction in the battery’s service life. It would appear as a buildup of flaky material around the battery terminal that is usually a green or white color. The color may vary, depending on the type of battery but if spotted, it should be removed for optimal performance.

If you’re searching for a dependable power solution, virtually maintenance-free ODYSSEY® batteries are manufactured with proprietary Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, which allows the pure lead plates to be made thinner so more fit inside the battery case to provide more surface area. The result is more power in the comparable group size with ample cranking, even at low Depth of Discharge (DOD). ODYSSEY® batteries tolerate extreme temperatures with an operating range from -40°F (-40°C) to 140°F (60°C). They offer greater cycle life for frequent deep discharges that can occur when powering on-board accessories.

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