As soon as summer sets in, it is common for you to look for ways to escape the city and its soaring temperatures. It is a popular season for road trips and long drives to far off places because let’s face it, the heat takes a toll on everyone, including your car. The heat can meddle with your car’s functioning and in unfortunate situations, you may even be left stranded at the side of the road if you don’t prepare your car for the season.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your car in top form during this extreme heat:
Keep an eye on your battery: It is commonly assumed that battery problems only arise during the winter season but in fact, they’re frequent during the hot weather too. The heat combined with constant vibrations is usually the cause of an internal breakdown. So, in order to avoid this, ensure that your battery is properly secured so as to minimize the vibration before you set out on your journey. Given that it gets heated under the hood, another problem could be the evaporation of battery fluid at a faster pace which eventually results in corrosion. Another factor to consider is the battery life which usually lasts for 3 – 5 years. If your battery is older than this, have a mechanic test it for you.
Check your engine : On usual days, you will notice that your car’s engine is pretty hot after you have driven it for a while. Now imagine how much hotter a car’s engine will be when the temperature rises. For this reason, engines come with cooling systems to prevent them from overheating. Remember to flush the coolant at regular intervals and to fill the coolant to the proper level. In some cases, you may have to dilute the coolant with equal parts of water and coolant. If the engine heats up often, look for heat-related damage and replace the hoses and drive belts if necessary.
Pay attention to your tyres: It is important that your tyres are in good condition during the summer as they are the parts which are in constant touch with the hot roads. Check if your tyres are properly inflated, as under-inflated tyres tend to overheat and lead to a blowout. It is wise to check the pressure at least once a month, preferably when your tyres have not been excessively used.
Check your AC: We all know the dilemma when the air conditioner in your house acts out. Now imagine the same when you’re stuck in a car. Perhaps one of the most important things to check up on, especially during the summer, is your car’s air conditioning. To keep it in good condition, it is advisable that you service it every two years or every 40,000 km. A well-functioning air conditioner is not only able to provide cool air but also cleaner air. The air in your car contains dust and other bacteria, if your air conditioner is well serviced, it will ensure that you breathe in clean and fresh air.
Hope these tips help you prepare for the summer but just in case you experience a breakdown, simply reach out to us on Speed-O-Service – our 24/7 roadside assistance, which aims to provide service with the shortest turnaround time.