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Cold weather can be tough on your truck’s batteries, diminishing their capacity and making it harder for the engine to turn over. But spring and summer’s warmer temperatures aren’t necessarily any easier.
That’s because heat increases the rate of corrosion on a battery’s conducting grids, reducing the voltage over time. It also causes lead sulfate to build up on the grids and electrodes – what’s known as sulfation. These problems interfere with charging and will eventually cause the battery to fail.
But the outside temperature isn’t your only concern when it comes to truck batteries. Regardless of the weather, parasitic losses from onboard electronics can drain a battery’s reserve capacity – whether it’s a coffee pot, TV or the truck’s telematics system that runs 24/7. If you’re not careful, you could be risking a failed battery and unplanned downtime.
Follow these simple tips to keep your batteries going strong in warm weather:
Keep your Volvo truck on the road by having your batteries inspected and tested regularly. Contact the starting-charging experts for an appointment today at a Volvo Trucks dealership near you. If you need a new battery, order online from the SELECT Part Store™ and receive immediate stock confirmation and fast delivery – often the same day.