If you have ever owned a car or boat, dead batteries have been a part of your life. Without a battery, your car is not moving and can leave you stuck in places you would rather not be. Car batteries also have a tendency to die on you when you least expect it and without warning. There are several causes of dead car batteries. The most common is the build up of sulfate on the plates. This interferes and prevents the proper charging and discharging of the battery. This situation is worsened in the following conditions: temperatures over 70 degrees, storing without a trickle charger connected to it, and discharging the battery below 10.5 volts. Another common issue is losing electrolyte from overcharging or over heating the battery. Finally, under charging the battery will add to its untimely demise.
There are several strategies you can use to extend the life of your car battery and avoid a dead battery crisis. Regular maintenance of your automotive battery is a must, especially in extreme weather conditions. Remember over heating is bad. Check the electrolyte