Edic.: 143
Autor: Juan Peña
Date: 6/2019

Prepare your vehicle for the summer heat

The intense heat of summer could cause costly damage to your vehicle if you do not take precaution. We recommend you take special care in the following:

Tires: High temperatures can cause your tires to explode, in addition to accelerating wear and reducing grip. If you are an interstate driver, then it is essential to control the pressure and tread depth of your tires constantly, as your vehicle will work in extreme and variable temperatures. You must be very precise! Look for cracks, wear and tear in the side walls and uneven tire wear.

Cooling system: Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns in the summer. Check antifreeze concentration levels. If it is too "thin", it will not work properly. We also recommend that you schedule a motor wash. Remember to completely empty the antifreeze from your radiator at least once a year to avoid overheating that could severely damage your engine.

Air conditioning system: It is best to test your air conditioning when the summer starts. Check hoses and connections for leaks. Test the fan motor and pay attention to any strange or irregular sounds. Check your filters to make sure they are not covered.

Batteries: Heat or sulfation are the main factors for the corrosion of the batteries. Corrosion buildup can cause lower battery voltage down the line. Using a battery cleaner can help neutralize the acid in the battery over time. Inspect and clean the battery cables to see if they are damaged.

Changing Oil and Filters: Changing oil regularly will reduce wear on your engine and protect it against rust and corrosion in all climates. Hot and cold temperatures can accelerate the thermal decomposition of the oil, which makes it less effective as a lubricant.

Hoses and belts: Summer is a good time to change worn hoses and belts, which are inexpensive. The hoses transport important fluids for the proper functioning of your machine, such as refrigerant and oil. They are also necessary for other devices such as air conditioning and hydraulic steering. Visually inspect the hoses for cracks and signs of wear. Hoses should be tightened near the ends. A fluffy feeling means it`s time to replace the refrigerant hoses. A small investment could take you out of very severe engine damage, which in some cases is not worth repairing because of the cost of repairing or replacing the engine.