During the hot summer days, we get drained out quickly, particularly when we are out in the open. The excessive heat impacts our efficiency and this is true of our vehicles too. The temperature of your car can also shoot up significantly when you get stuck in traffic, putting further strain. Over a period of time, exposure to excessive heat or intense temperature can potentially damage the car and accelerate its aging process.
Just as we have multiple ways of warding off heat, there are measures to protect your car from the scorching sun. Though most of the preventive measures can be efficiently carried out by your dealer or an authorized garage, the rush of vehicles needing attention can at times compromise the efficiency of services rendered to you. The best way to ensure that you and your car does not suffer is to find a garage that is relatively free and be involved with the process of bracing up your vehicle for summer. But, if your vehicle is still under a warranty, you may want to check out the warranty conditions before choosing your own garage. Once you have chosen the garage, it is desirable that you also get involved in the process to get your vehicle well protected from heat waves across the summer days.
Following are some of the areas that need your focused attention.
Often times, we tend to neglect the tyres though we do know that it could be dangerous when all the tyres are without the right pressure and tread. If that is not enough, some car owners may not even be aware of the right tyre pressure for all the wheels. But, summer is particularly important because poor tyre pressure can spell disaster and even push the tyre towards destruction in a short space of time.
When tyre pressure is not efficiently managed during summer days, it can destroy the sidewalls because the soft rubber on the side is more susceptible to damage. If you happen to drive through poor roads with under inflated tyres, it can potentially lead to one or more tyres bursting. This happens on account of excessive ‘pumping’ or flexing of the side walls. When the tyre heats up, the inside rubber tends to become soft, and stretchy becoming an easy spot for air to escape.
The best way to protect yourself and your car tyres during summer is to keep the tyre pressure higher by about 3 to 5 psi over the recommended level watch the tyres closely every time you get behind the wheels. Checking the tyre pressure in the early hours of the day is desirable since you can get an accurate reading with the tyres relatively cool. Tyre pressure should also be calibrated according to the load and road conditions. For instance, if a vehicle is carrying its full capacity of passengers and their luggage, it needs higher tyre pressure compared to a vehicle with no passengers or significantly fewer passengers.
Before the start of the summer, you should also get the tyres aligned properly and balanced as well so that excessive wear can be prevented. Finally, always remember to keep your spare tyre in good shape and well inflated.
Titanium exhaust heat wraps are helpful in enhancing the efficiency and performance of the car engine. These wraps will help the exhaust tubes retain the heat and keep gases at high temperature impacting performance at multiple levels.
During summer, your car air conditioner should be working at its optimal level of efficiency. But, this is also the time when the machine takes its maximum load. Therefore, before the onset of summer, you should ensure that compressor oil is topped up at regular intervals and that there is no dust or coolant leak. Getting a competent technician to check all these factors will help you and your car move in comfort during the hot days.
Another common complaint from car owners is the time taken by the air conditioner to cool down the interiors. Remember however that during the hot days it can take significantly longer to cool down since there will be plenty of heat trapped inside the car. You could also experience greater problems with cooling if your car is always parked directly under sunlight for long hours. One way you can address this challenge is by rolling down all the windows as soon as you are inside the car and wait for a while for some heat to escape. Switch on the fan with the speed set at the highest. Wait for about 5 minutes so that the temperature inside the car and outside is nearly the same. Now the windows can be rolled up and the AC switched on. This way, you will notice that your car gets cool sooner than you expect.
Fluids and Radiator
Fluids are critical for everything and everyone during summer days. A quality coolant is a great help to your car to survive the hot days. Overheated engine is a common cause of car break down during the hot days and most often poor coolant level or quality is the major culprit. Use the right coolant to top up and do not choose the cheapest product.
Transmission Oil and Engine
Heat will take a toll on the engine oil during the hot days and running your car without proper engine oil in the right quantity is a sure shot way to send your car to the dump yard sooner than you would expect. Heat resistant engine oils are the best option for the hot days.
Belts and Hoses
A broken belt can spell serious trouble, particularly on hot days. Check to ensure that the belt is healthy and can take you through the summer. Similarly, check out all the hoses and ensure that there are no leaks or bubbles/suppleness. Also check the clips and clamps at regular intervals to ensure that everything stays in place.
Battery life can be impacted by excessive heat causing quicker evaporation of the fluids inside. Get the battery checked and topped up when necessary. It is a good idea to check the fluid levels in your battery at weekly intervals too.
Protecting The Polish
Normally, we attach only cosmetic value to the polish of the car. However, quality polish is an ideal way to protect the car paint from excessive heat. Therefore, getting your car polished before the onset of summer can be helpful in more ways than one.