The temperatures this summer are escalating. You are nice and comfortable while driving your car but is your car struggling to keep you cool? Your vehicle needs special attention when extreme temperatures strike. Here are three car care tips for beating the summer heat.
Check Your Fluid Levels Regularly
Did you know that the gas in your tank evaporates much more quickly in hot weather? Parking in a shaded area will help with your fuel economy.
Keep a close eye on your antifreeze levels. This fluid is responsible for keeping your engine cool during the summer. Check hoses and look for any signs of cracking or leaks. An overheated engine is a dead engine.
You may need to change your oil more frequently during the hot months. Typically, people do a lot more driving during the summer than in the winter, and heat affects the oil’s viscosity. Once again, periodically check your hoses for any cracks or leaks. The heat under your car’s hood is very intense during the dog days of summer.
Check Those Tires
Check the pressure, quality, and wear of your tires at least once a month during the hot summer months. Hot pavement coupled with hot tires is not a good combination. The addition of extreme heat to compromised tires can lead to disastrous results. As the temperature fluctuates, so will the air pressure in your tires. Check the air pressure in your tires frequently. You can also save some money at the pump when your tires are at the optimum PSI.
Take Care of Your Battery
Heat can shorten the life of your battery. When bringing your car in for scheduled summer maintenance, have your battery checked. You never know when that check battery light will go on. That well planned vacation may be disrupted.
The three car care tips for beating the summer heat should help keep you on the road and enjoying your summer road-trips. If you have any other questions about keeping your car cool during summer, contact the car care professionals at Southside Auto Repair. We’re here to help!