How to Keep Your Car Safe In Summer Weather

Depending on where you do the majority of your driving, summer might be the toughest season of all for your vehicle. Engines and transmissions are already produce an enormous amount of heat, so adding in 95 degree days and stop and go traffic over hot payment is a recipe for disaster, especially if your maintenance schedule is not up to date.

Preparing your vehicle for the hot summer doesn’t have to be difficult.

Maintaining the Coolant System

The number one priority is to take the time to get your car’s coolant system checked. If any item in the system is not in A-1 shape, replace it with a new one. That means having your vehicle’s radiator pressure tested and your hoses evaluated for defects. Most places can test radiators without the hassle of having to remove them from your vehicle. It’s a quick procedure and can save you from spending time on the side of the highway.

If your water pump has exceeded the recommended service life the manufacturer suggested, it’s time for a replacement or If you can’t remember the last time your water pump was replaced, get a new one (cheap insurance).

While everything is apart, replace that thermostat also.

Even if everything comes up good to go under the hood, replacing your engines coolant is a must. Over time, engine coolant can actually generate a small electrical current, which can then cause oxidation and eventually failure of components inside of your coolant system. Keeping everything fresh inside will put less stress on your vehicle’s components and save you serious money in the long run.

After you’ve gone over your vehicle’s coolant system, go ahead and check up on the rest of the maintenance you have let slide through cooler seasons. This means changing your vehicle’s oil and transmission fluid, and examining and replacing your car’s brakes as necessary. Also make sure your brake fluid is still clear without any sort of debris or discoloration and have it changed if it is not clear.

Check Air Conditioning

The air conditioning will be working overtime during those long, hot commutes, so take the time to make sure everything is in great shape will keep you cool. Your car’s air conditioning is comprised of a series of components, each is crucial to the system’s function as the next. Since the vehicle’s refrigerant is under high pressure and harmful to the atmosphere, it’s best to leave any sort of check and maintenance to a qualified professional. Technicians can easily trap and recycle used refrigerant with the proper equipment. Have your technician look over your compressor, evaporator and thermostat to make sure you’re getting the correct level of cooling from your car’s system. If anything’s awry, go ahead and replace it now before things get hot.

Interior Protection

Take the time to protect your car’s interior from the sun and heat. If your car has leather seats, purchase a good leather conditioner and go over every last inch to prevent cracks and dry spots. Vinyl dashes are susceptible to variations in temperature, so keep handy protectant wipes in your glove box and use them regularly helps keep everything bright and crack-free. When you have to park your car in the direct sun at work or home, investing in an inexpensive sun shield can also go a long way toward keeping your interior as sharp as the day you brought your vehicle home.

The summer’s heat can do a number on your car’s components, but keeping up with regular maintenance and taking simple steps toward protecting your interior will ensure your vehicle keeps going for years to come. Remember, you’re safeguarding against more than just breakdowns. You’re also protecting against accelerated depreciation brought on by cracked, worn or faded interior items.

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