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Summer Sizzle: Is Your Car Ready to Take the Heat?


Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023
By: david graber
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As the calendar rolls over into July, and the mercury levels in our thermometers start to resemble the results of an ambitious space program, there's no denying that summer is here in full force. With summer comes not only sun, sand, and surf, but also some serious considerations for your vehicle. Just as extreme cold in the winter can wreak havoc on your car, so can the blistering heat of summer. 

Have you ever stopped to wonder if your car is ready to take the summer heat? If not, this is the perfect time to reassess your vehicle's summer health and implement some effective preventive measures to keep your car cool and running smoothly during these sultry months.

1. Protecting the Engine From Overheating

Your car’s engine is already a hot place to be, and during the summer, it's even more so. An overheated engine can lead to breakdowns and expensive repairs, hence it's crucial to keep your cooling system functioning optimally. Regularly check your car's coolant level, and ensure that the radiator is in good working order. Also, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has fully cooled - steam and hot coolant can be dangerous.

Additionally, replacing your engine oil on schedule can go a long way in preventing overheating. Engine oil not only lubricates the engine parts but also helps dissipate heat. During summer, consider switching to a high-viscosity oil that can better withstand the higher temperatures.

2. Keep Your Car Hydrated

Cars, like humans, need fluids to keep functioning properly. Apart from engine oil and coolant, check the brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. It's always a good idea to carry an extra gallon of water - not only for you but also for your radiator, in case it overheats.

3. Tires Need Care Too

Hot roads can cause your tires to wear faster and even lead to blowouts in extreme cases. Regularly check your tires for signs of wear, cracks, or bulges. Monitor the tire pressure too - hot weather can increase the pressure, affecting your car's handling and fuel efficiency. Always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for the recommended tire pressure.

4. Protect Your Car's Exterior and Interior

Extended exposure to sunlight can fade your car's paint and damage the interior upholstery. Regularly washing and waxing your car can help protect the paint. For the interior, consider investing in sun shades for the windows and a reflective panel for the windshield. Not only do they protect the interior, but they also help keep the car cooler when parked in the sun.

5. Keep the AC System in Check

Your car's air conditioning system works extra hard during the summer months. Regular maintenance can ensure it's up to the task. Replace your cabin air filter as needed and consider having the AC system checked by a professional if you notice any inefficiencies.

6. Have an Emergency Kit

It's always wise to be prepared for the unexpected. Carry an emergency kit in your car with water, non-perishable food items, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, road flares, basic tools, and a portable phone charger.

In conclusion, as we get busy basking in the summer sun and enjoying longer days, it's important not to overlook the health of our vehicles. With a little foresight and regular maintenance, we can ensure our cars are ready to take the heat, letting us focus on making the most of these beautiful summer months. Remember, the better care we take of our cars now, the less likely we are to be stranded on the side of the road in the sweltering summer heat.  Take care of yourself, by taking care of your vehicle!   Happy Summer!

Tagged:oil changes, tires, a/c, air condition, radiator, cooling, coolant, water pump, thermostate, Battery, Summer

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