The intense summer heat could cause expensive damage to your vehicle if you do not prepare it well. Therefore, we share the following tips to help you take care of your vehicle this summer:
Tires: High temperatures can cause your vehicle`s tires to explode, in addition to accelerating tire wear and reducing grip. If you are an interstate driver, then it is critical that you monitor your tire pressure and tread depth constantly as your vehicle will be working in extreme and variable temperatures. Be thorough and check for cracks, sidewall wear and tear, and irregular tire wear.
Cooling system: Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns in the summer season. Check the antifreeze concentration levels as well. If it`s too "thin", it won`t 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, which could severely damage your engine.
Air conditioning system: It is best to test your air conditioning when summer begins. Check hoses and connections for leaks. Test your fan motor and pay attention to any strange or irregular sounds. Also, check your filters to make sure they aren`t clogged.
Batteries: Heat is the main factor in battery corrosion and sulfation. Corrosion buildup can cause lower battery voltage over time. Using a battery cleaner can help neutralize battery acid over time. Inspect and clean the battery cables for any signs of damage.
Change oil and filters: Changing the car oil regularly will help reduce wear and tear on the engine and protect it from rust and corrosion in all climates. Hot and cold temperatures can accelerate the oil`s thermal breakdown, making it less effective as a lubricant.
Hoses and belts: Summer is a good time for changing worn belts and hoses, which is not expensive. Hoses carry important fluids for the proper functioning of your machine, such as coolant and oil. They are also required for other devices, such as air conditioning and power steering. Inspect the hoses for any signs of cracks and wear. The hoses must be tightened near the ends. A spongy feeling means it`s time to replace the coolant hoses. A small investment could save you from severe engine damage, which is sometimes not worth repairing because of the cost of engine repair or replacement.