Did you know that the hot, dry summer weather can pose dangers on the roads? Dangers like overheating and tire blowouts are not fun, and will require auto repair. But when you how the summer heat affects your vehicle, you can take measures to avoid these problems and more for an enjoyable summer:
- Tires: Dry summer air and hot roads are big contributors to tire damage. If you haven’t done so already, take an up-close look at all your tires for issues like sharp objects lodged in the rubber, tread wear and balding. Also be sure to watch for cracking tires that could lead to shredding or flats during these drier months. And because of the heat, tire pressure is likely to increase on it’s own. Don’t drive on overinflated tires—release some of the air.
- Car battery: Hot weather makes for hot cars. Between blasting the A/C and vibrations from long trips on bumpy roads, your car’s battery is working overtime to provide you with the level of comfort you desire. What this can mean for the battery are connectors coming loose, fluid leaks and corrosion—but that’s only if you’re unprepared. No matter the age of the battery, consider having a professional auto technician test it for proper function. Also get an emergency roadside kit for each of your vehicles and carry a set of jumper cables, just in case.
- Air conditioner: It’s summer, so it goes without saying that you’re going to want a fully functional air conditioner in your car. But even though your A/C system may seem to be working great right now, there’s no solid guarantee that it will stay that way indefinitely. You can imagine that the heat this summer is going to have your A/C working long and hard, and that’s reason enough to practice regular maintenance. You’ll keep your A/C fluid levels from running out so you can go about enjoying your summertime activities.
- Coolant: Our air conditioners keep us cool, while the radiator cools our cars’ engines and other internal parts. If your car gets too hot, you run the risk of overheating, which is exactly what can happen if coolant levels get too low. Before leaks can occur, inspect the radiator and hoses for damage, and then get necessary auto repair in Norwalk, OH. Also keep an eye on your car’s temperature gauge to avoid breaking down on the side of the road with an overheated engine.
- Motor oil: Depending on your type of vehicle, the summer heat can rip through your oil just like that—especially if you do a lot of off-roading. Going off the beaten path sends dirt and dust up into your engine area, and climbing over rough terrain makes trucks work harder, thus your engine is likely to be screaming by the end of the journey. Remember, it is clean oil that provides lubrication for essential working parts—it’s the life force that keeps your engine functioning properly.
If you need vehicle maintenance or auto repair in Norwalk, OH this summer, contact us at Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD—we’ll be happy to help!