Tips to Keep Your Car Cool for The Summer
With temperatures soaring over 80 degrees last week, the summer heat is taking its toll on everybody.
But it's not just you the heat is taking its toll on; hot weather can also be problematic for your vehicle.
The excessive heat can cause a multitude of mechanical problems on your vehicle and if they’re not taken care of in a timely manner could lead to major car failure.
So you might be wondering what the most common car problems are in the summer. I asked Star Auto Sales service manager, Jerry Allen, who has seen just about every automotive problem imaginable in his 20 plus years in the automotive industry. Together we compiled a list of the most common car problems and tips to protect your vehicle during the summer months.
So, if you don't want to be left stranded, we suggest you follow these essential tips to help protect your car from summer damage.
When it’s hot outside there’s a higher load placed on the battery of your car from the use of the vehicles air conditioner that can cause it to wear out and fail quickly. Have a dead battery and aren't sure how to jump-start a vehicle? We have a blog for that!
If the battery is 3 years or older you should have it replaced. Have the vehicle's battery and complete charging system checked regularly by a professional mechanic to make sure it's functioning properly.
Belts & Hoses
High temperatures can cause cracking and other forms of damage to the vehicle's belts and hoses. A broken belt or busted hose could escalate into an overheated radiator or even worse an inoperable vehicle.
Have a professional mechanic inspect the vehicle's belts and hoses and replace any that are broken or cracked.
The hot temperatures force your vehicle to work harder and coolant helps prevent overheating. A car low or empty of coolant will overheat and possibly crack your engine.
Periodically check your coolant levels in the summer. Your owner’s manual will detail how frequently you should flush your coolant system and replace the coolant.
Extreme heat can wreak havoc on the engine of a vehicle. The possibility of overheating increases when fluid levels are below recommended levels.
Regularly check motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. If any need to be topped off, check your owner's manual about the types of fluids recommended.
Make it habit to follow a general maintenance schedule.
High temperatures can put stress on vehicles windows making them prone to crack, shatter or even explode. A small window chip or crack can turn into a large crack or even shatter when the interior of the vehicle goes from excessive heat to cold from the vehicles air conditioner. In some incidents, the back window can blow out. Windows hold in warm air, leaving them open slightly while parked will create slight airflow.
Prevent cracks in your window by taking your time when cooling your vehicle’s interior so that cracks are less likely to expand. Replace any glass that has chips or cracks.
Tree sap, bird droppings, bugs, and dirt can accumulate on your car over the summer months and potentially damage the paint. Bird droppings are acidic; the acid burns and etches the paint’s surface.
Wash your car frequently and wax or polish to provide a little extra protection. Need more reasons why you should have your car detailed? Click here.
A little preventative maintenance can go a long way in the summer months. At Star Auto Sales it is our goal to keep you happy and your car on the road – so if you have any questions about keeping your car comfortable and safe, give us a call 203-630-2926. If you prefer contact via email you can submit a request service form.