As much as we would rather spend our hot summer days by the beach or inside in the air conditioning, most of us have many things to do or take care of in the summer around Hayes. Sweltering temperatures can lead to car issues, such as A/C systems on the fritz, steering wheels that feel like they came out of the oven, or batteries that decide it’s time to check out. While you can’t change the weather, you can help beat the heat with the following hot weather car maintenance tips:
Get Your Car Battery Inspected
While cold weather can trigger problems with your car’s battery, hot weather can be equally as brutal. Battery fluid can evaporate during high temperatures, resulting in a malfunctioning charging system which can destroy your battery. Before you head out on a long road trip, it’s a good idea to have your battery inspected to avoid delays associated with the hassles of dealing with a dead battery.
Keep Your Car Air Conditioning Maintained
If you have your A/C serviced regularly but it still doesn’t seem cold enough, consider a couple things to get the most out of your system. In a dry climate with low humidity, use the “fresh air” or “fan” setting to allow your A/C system to cool most efficiently. Alternatively, if you live in a humid climate, use your A/C’s “recirculate” setting. This eliminates using the high-moisture outside air and makes it easier for your system to cool the interior of your car down.
Be Vigilant of Your Coolant Levels
When it’s hot out, your cooling system works overtime to keep your engine from overheating. This requires a 50/50 mixture of coolant and distilled water. Make sure to never open hot radiator cap as to avoid hot pressurized coolant from spraying out. While this should typically be done once a year, the owner’s manual for your car should provide you with the recommendations of how often it should be done.
Keep Your Tire Pressure Where It Needs To Be
High temperatures cause more stress on your tires. Under-inflated tires can fail because of more friction due to heat, while over-inflated tires can result in uneven tread wear since air expands with heat, possibly leading to a blowout. Read up on your tire’s recommended pressure in your owner’s manual, and use a tire gauge to stay on top of the proper pressure for your tires.
While it may seem like a lot of little things to remember, staying attentive to your car’s needs will save you time and money in the long run. The ASE certified technicians at Harris Garage goal is to educate you, and help keep you safely and comfortably on the road this summer.
If you’d like to have your car inspected by a certified auto repair technician, contact us at Harris Garage by filling out the easy form on this site or call us at 804.642.2440 and talk to one of our trained automotive service technicians