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Hot weather takes a toll on your car battery

car battery RZ Fotolia.com largeIt's true that battery failures can occur in cold weather but that's not usually what has caused the problem. The drain on the battery's resources most likely occurred during the summer's hot weather.

According to the Car Care Council, a group representing automotive repair shops, your battery is more likely to fail in summer than in winter.

"Summer heat is the real culprit," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Many battery problems start long before the temperatures drop. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life."

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