WHAT’S THE HEAT DOING TO YOUR CAR?
So you’ve let your lawn go dormant. Your OPPD bill looks more like a mortgage payment. It’s too hot to go to the pool. Yeah, it’s been hot. But now is not the time to take your car for granted. This ridiculous heat wave can create all kinds of drama for your vehicle. Here are a few of the things you should be checking out so that you don’t have to crawl out of your air-conditioned car to push it off to the side of the road.
Remember, HOT temperatures are harder on your battery than cold. More batteries fail during summer than winter. The heat causes the fluid in your battery to evaporate, which causes it to fail. It wouldn’t hurt to get your battery checked to see how strong it is. Especially if it’s over three years old.
If your vehicle’s engine temperature gauge starts to signal in the red, then you’re already overheating.At the first sign of it, shut off your air conditioner and get your vehicle into the nearest House of Mufflers & Brakes.
A lot of people think their radiator should be full of anti-freeze.The truth is, your radiator should have a mix of 50% water and 50% anti-freeze.If you’re unsure, it might be time for a coolant service.We’ve got a coupon for $20 off a coolant exchange to the right of this page.
Blowouts happen during the Summer. Why?If your tires are under-inflated, you’ll have more friction on your tires and combine that with the heat, they could blow.Also, the heat will cause a rise in tire pressure, also possibly damaging your tires.Just check the pressure on them.
Make sure you’re fluids are all topped off. They can evaporate with this kind of heat. That’s power-steering, transmission, brake and engine oil.
A plugged cabin air filter can decrease the air flow going through your car’s air conditioning system, causing it to be inefficient and putting greater stress on it.
So, don’t ignore all the things that you take for granted, especially if you’re still planning on getting on the road for a few days of vacation.We have one solution for you to make sure all of these items can stand the heat: Take it 2 the House!