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From coast to coast the heat has been relentless this summer, and motorists should ensure that their vehicles are road-ready to avoid an unexpected breakdown during the hottest months of the year. Here are a few tips from the car care experts at AutoZone.

From DVD players to GPS systems, today’s cars are equipped with amenities that can drain battery power more than ever before. Additionally, cars that are poorly maintained may increase the likelihood of premature battery failure. But a battery’s worst enemy is heat.

Heat corrosion is the leading cause of battery failure.

Many motorists experience battery failure in early winter because the battery had already been significantly weakened during the hot summer months. Although the average battery life is three to five years, the national car care council recommends having batteries tested annually to prevent a breakdown during the hottest or coldest months of the year. AutoZone offer free battery testing and recycling service.

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