Summer is around the corner and with it comes the extreme heat. Yet the summer heat often comes with damaging effects on your car, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions. You may even end up taking your vehicle to the closest Madras Ford dealer for repairs.
can you prevent the heat from bringing your car to a screeching halt?
drivers worry about how the winter cold can zap their batteries. In
reality, they should be just as worried about the summer heat. The
extreme temperatures of summer can cause the battery fluid to
evaporate faster, which in turn can corrode the battery terminals and
clamps. To avoid this, clean any corrosive buildup from the terminal
and make sure the clamps are fastened tightly. Is your battery
nearing the three-year mark? Have it inspected as it may need
up on coolant
are to your engine what a glass of water might be to a thirsty
person. So, always make sure there’s enough coolant in your engine
when driving in the summer. Check your owner’s manual carefully,
however, as different Ford vehicles have different recommended
water-to-coolant ratios. Take a look at how often the coolant should
be changed as well; it’s typically between 24,000 to 100,000 miles,
though it varies depending on the model (or even year) of your car.
inflate your tires
you know that underinflated tires are more sensitive to heat and more
prone to blowouts? It’s always a good idea to check your tires
before driving, but be extra vigilant when you know it’ll be a hot
day ahead. Not sure what the right tire pressure is? While tire
manufacturers have their own pressure recommendations, you should
follow what’s in your car manual instead. Note, however, that
sometimes a car will require different tire pressures for the front
and rear tires.
the belts and hoses
vehicle’s belts and hoses are critical pieces that keep your car
cool, but extreme heat can cause them to wear out faster. Should they
crack, blister, or snap, it won’t be long until your radiator
overheats and your vehicle stalls on the highway. If you’re handy
under the hood, you can inspect your belts and hoses for damage.
Otherwise, have them professionally checked. Replace worn out parts
as soon as possible to avoid any mishaps along the road.
a roadside emergency kit
never know when a breakdown might happen, but you can lessen your
headaches if you have an emergency kit ready. You should always have
a spare tire in the trunk, but make sure to check its pressure from
time to time. Other essentials include road flares, jumper cables,
water for your engine, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a
bottle of coolant. Your kit should also have the number of your
dealer, mechanic, or car insurer so you can call for roadside
driving in the heat of summer offers its own set of challenges, but
you can prevent it with proper maintenance. Drive safe, everyone!