The intense summer heat could cause costly damage to your vehicle if you do not prepare for it well. We will share the following tips in which we recommend you so you can take better care of your truck:
Tires: High temperatures can cause your tires to explode, in addition to accelerating wear and tear and reducing grip. If you are an interstate driver, then it is essential that you constantly monitor your tire pressure and tread depth, as your vehicle will work in extreme and variable temperatures. Be very detailed! Look for cracks, wear and tear on the sidewalls and uneven tire wear.
Cooling system: Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns in the summer. Check the antifreeze concentration levels. If it is too "thin" it will not work properly. We also recommend scheduling an engine wash. Remember to completely drain the antifreeze from your radiator at least once per year to avoid overheating that could severely damage your engine.
Air conditioning system: It is best to test your air conditioning when summer starts. Check the 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 clogged.
Batteries: Heat is the main factor for corrosion or sulfation of batteries. Corrosion buildup can cause lower battery voltage over time. Using the battery cleaner can help neutralize battery acid over time. Inspect and clean the battery cables for damage.
Oil and Filter Change: Changing your oil regularly will reduce engine wear and protect against rust and corrosion in all climates. Hot and cold temperatures can accelerate the thermal breakdown of the oil, making it less effective as a lubricant.
Hoses and belts: Summer is a great time to change worn belts and hoses, which aren’t very expensive. Hoses carry fluids important to the proper operation of your machine such as coolant and oil. They are also required for other devices such as air conditioning and power steering. Visually inspect the hoses for signs of cracks and wear. Hoses should be tight near the ends. A spongy feeling means it`s time to replace the coolant hoses. A small investment could save you from very severe damage to the engine, since sometimes it is not worth doing the repair, because of how expensive that repair would be, as well as the replacement of the engine.