Just as we had a long rainy season that hasnt been seen in many years, this summer is expected to be much more violent, which could cause costly damage to your vehicle if you dont prepare it properly. Lets start now to prepare our trucks for this upcoming season, to avoid setbacks. Some recommendations to which you should pay special attention:
Tires: High temperatures can cause your tires to explode, in addition to accelerating their wear and reducing grip. If youre an interstate driver, then its critical that you constantly monitor your tire pressure and tread depth, as your vehicle will be working in extreme and variable temperatures. Be very detailed! Look for cracks, wear and tear on the sidewalls, irregular tire wear.
Cooling system: Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns in the summer. Check antifreeze concentration levels. If its too thin, it wont work properly. We also recommend scheduling an engine flush. Remember to completely drain 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 that you test your air conditioning when the summer begins. Check hoses and connections for leaks. Test your fan motor and pay attention to any unusual or irregular sounds. Check your filters to make sure they are not clogged.
Batteries: Heat is the main factor in battery corrosion and also sulfation. Corrosion buildup can cause lower battery voltage over time. Using battery cleaner can help neutralize battery acid over time. Inspect and clean the battery cables for damage.
Change Oil and Filters: Changing your 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 breakdown of oil, making it less effective as a lubricant.
Hoses and Belts: Summer is a great time to change worn-out belts and hoses, which is not very expensive. Hoses carry important fluids for the proper functioning of your machine such as coolant and oil. They are also needed for other devices such as air conditioning and power steering.
Visually inspect the hoses for signs of cracks and wear. The hoses should be tight near the ends. A spongy feeling means its time to replace your coolant hoses. A small investment could free you from very severe engine damage, which in some cases is not worth repairing because of how expensive an engine repair or replacement is. Preventive maintenance will help you save money.