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Understanding the Basic Science of Car Batteries

In order to understand how automotive batteries function, you must have some basic knowledge of chemistry. The reactions inside the cells involve lead, hydrogen and some type of acid with sulfur. As ions flow back and forth between the terminals, electricity is continuously generated. Hot and cold temperatures can have major impacts on the critical chemical reactions that occur inside an auto battery.

When the temperature dips below freezing, the battery is forced to work extra hard to generate enough current to power an alternator. Similarly, high temperatures disrupt the balance between the ions that are supposed to flow and react at steady rates. Corrosion on the terminals is sometimes caused by drastic temperature ranges.

Varsity Lincoln tests auto batteries, alternators and other parts in Novi, MI. Visit our service center to have your vehicle inspected for any mechanical problems that could lead to hazardous driving in cold and hot weather.

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