22 Sep Summer Is Upon Us –
Beat The Heat With These 3 Tips
Higher temperatures sometimes take toll on people and even cars, pushing vehicles past their limits, and you might find your self stranded at the roadside.
Many drivers think about the importance of getting their cars ready for the winter season but the hot summer months also need some preparation. These maintenance steps can help keep your vehicle running smoothly this summer.
Battery Problems Aren’t Just For Winter
Most drivers think battery problems occur mainly when it’s cold, but summer heat can also impact your car’s battery negatively.
Faster evaporation of the battery fluid can lead to corrosion on terminals and connections. Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. And, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.
It’s Not Just You Who Needs Fluids In Summer- Your Car Does Too
Heat causes liquids to evaporate. And all those fluids in your car have very important jobs to do, so top them off as summer begins. Engine fluids are essential to keep your car running smoothly. Most fluids not only lubricate, they also serve as coolants by helping to carry heat away from critical components.
When fluid levels are low, this cooling effect is reduced, and the possibility of overheating increases. Check all fluids to ensure they are filled to the required level. These include oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. If any fluid needs a top up, use the specified fluid in the owner’s manual.
Cool Passengers Are Happy Passengers
Maintaining a comfortable driving environment reduces fatigue, which can play an important part in driver alertness and vehicle safety. During the hot summer days, a properly operating air conditioner can be more than just a pleasant convenience. If a car’s air conditioning is not maintaining the interior temperature as well as it did in the past, it may mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem. Have the air conditioning system checked and keep you, and your passengers, cool this summer.
Just In Case, Be Prepared For Summer Breakdowns
Even with proper maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur, so having a well-stocked emergency kit in your car will help. It should include:
- Water (which may be used to cool off your radiator if it is overheating)
- First-Aid Kit
- Flash light or Headlamps
- Pocket Knife/Multi-tool
- Jumper Cables
- Tyre sealant (it will come handy if your tyre doesn’t stay inflated)
- Tyre Pressure Gauge
- Tow Strap
- Tool Kit
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