Lying on the beach as the sun warms your skin is the perfect way to spend your summer weekends. Baking in your car as you sit in traffic because your car couldn’t stand the heat is not.
Make sure your car stays cool during the heat to avoid a miserable summer and a broken down vehicle. Follow these 5 ways to ensure that your car makes it through the summer months.
Don’t Be a Hater of the Radiator
Although vehicles have safety measures in place to withstand the heat of an engine’s burn or the outside weather, these measures still need to be maintained. The entire reason for the radiator’s existence is to make sure these measures never fail.
You will need to check the coolant often. Usually, each time you change the oil is a good rule of thumb. If your coolant has a milky or rusty look to it, it’s time to flush the radiator and replace the coolant. Not taking care of the radiator can cause major issues elsewhere.
Don’t Get Hosed
The scorching summer heat can also be the death sentence for the hoses under the hood of your car. Coolant hoses are used to transfer liquids to and from different parts of the vehicle. Check your hoses approximately every three months to make sure they aren’t soft or spongy.
If they do feel this way rather than firm yet flexible, you will need to get them replaced as soon as possible. Similar to the radiator, a busted hose can cause further damages.
Don’t Lose Your Temper-ature
One way to determine whether or not your car is running dangerously hot is by monitoring your temperature gauges. If your gauge is in the red zone, take it to a mechanic immediately.
Even more importantly, make sure your temperature gauges are functioning properly. It’s impossible to determine if your car is overheating if there is no accurate way to measure the temperature.
Don’t Get Disconnected
Although the winter is the main culprit behind battery damage, the summer heat can be just as grueling. Check your battery for frayed or exposed wires. Make sure you investigate the terminals and remove any build up or corrosion.
Clean the terminals off with a solution of baking soda and water, then use a toothbrush to scrub away the acid. If your battery is close to three years old, it’s best to get it tested. Most auto stores will do this for free.
Don’t Blow Hot Air
Make sure your air conditioning is blowing air that is the correct temperature. A simple way to check for this is to stick a thermometer into one of the vents and compare the temperature to the air conditioning setting on your dashboard.
If it’s a little off, you can easily replace your car’s cabin air filter. Of course, if that doesn’t work, there is more than likely a bigger issue and you’ll want to get your car serviced.
Stay Chill This Summer
Keeping an eye out on these 5 key areas of your car can help prevent the heat from torching your mood this summer. Taking preventative measures will almost always keep your car on the road and in great shape.