With temperatures soaring over the 100s in some parts of the country already this summer, it’s hard to keep your car cool inside and out.
1. First, to keep YOU cool, pay attention to your air conditioning temperature. If it isn’t as cool as it once was, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level on the A/C or worse.
2. Though battery problems do occur during the winter months, the truth is that the summer heat can be more harmful to your car’s battery life than the cold. Heat and vibration can lead to internal breakdown and failure of car batteries. Make sure your battery is securely in place to minimize movement. Also if the car’s battery is more than a few years old (three or more) then taking it to a technician may be a good idea to find out how much longer it will last.
3. Though the cooling system in your car protects the engine from overheating, it is important to perform regular maintenance on it to avoid long-term damage. Older coolants need changed every two years or 24,000 miles (39,000 km) but newer ones can last at least five years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km).
4. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to avoid high amounts of heat when traveling down the road. To avoid a flat, tires should be checked when a car has not recently been driven or will be driven for an extended period of time, for example, on a road trip.
5. Cars also need fluids during heat waves. Not to prevent dehydration, but to keep the engine lubricated in order to run smoothly and help coolants carry heat away from important parts of the motor.
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