What to Do and What Not to Do in Summers For Car?
Even though generally people consider winter to be the season that has a worsening effect on the vehicle’s health and its general well being, summer by itself is no less. Taking care of the car in summers requires an idea of what to look for and where to look for within the car’s system.
For a car enthusiast or even someone who wishes to take good care of the car, the following article will not only be useful but also lead to improved car performance in the summer.
Perform Regular Coolant Flushes and Monitor for Overheating
A lot of times, cars are sold as being provided with “lifetime” coolant, which isn’t true. Even though coolants used these days have a better life than those used in the past, the service life is still dependent on usage and hence, has a limited service life.
Over the time coolant’s effectiveness decreases, causing it to lose lubrication properties, becoming more acidic all the while increasing the freezing point. It is usually a good habit to change the vehicle’s coolant every four years or 80,000 kilometers. The importance of coolant can be gauged from the fact that the cooling of the car’s engine depends upon the coolant’s effectiveness.
Not a lot of people realize the importance of temperature gauge. If the temperature gauge showcases a high engine temperature, it makes sense to stop and let the engine cool for a while. Also, if the same issue persists over time, it might be an indication of coolant troubles.
Make Use of a Good Fitting Windshield Sunshade (Tinted Windows)
An effective way to keep the car a bit cooler is by the use of windshield sunshade or tinted windows. By reducing the amount of sunlight that gets absorbed by the glass, the inside of the car is a bit cooler. These aides usually are placed on the inner side of the car and have a reflective surface, which deflects the sun rays and an associated rise in temperature. It will also help protect dashboard etc. from heat and harmful UV rays.
Keep Windows Slightly Open for Reducing Temperature
The temperature in the car that has been left standing in the open can go overboard over the time. To reduce the car temperature when it is standing while parked, it is better to leave a window open slightly so as to reduce the car’s temperature in the time the car is parked.
It will also help vent odors that can build up due to heat in the car.
Keep the Car Waxed at Regular Intervals for Protection of Paint and Clear Coat
At the beginning of summer, it’s necessary to give the car a wash as well as a good coat of wax for protecting the paint from the summer heat. There are ways to wash the car using minimal resources that cause a little impact.
Check If Tires are Properly Inflated
Tire pressure is a necessary aspect of driving in any condition, but during the summer, there is a slight change in pressure. This stems from the higher temperature of the road as well as air leading to higher tire temperature that causes an increase in pressure. Check the tire’s pressure to understand what works for a particular car and the necessary air pressure required.
Protect Dashboard by Use of Interior Protectant
Dashboard gets the direct sunlight while in the summer. This direct heat wave can cause the dashboard to end up dry or crack off or even lose coloration. It will help the dashboard retain its appeal no matter the heat.
Don’t Drive Using Winter Tires in Summer
Winter tires are built for a specific purpose of driving in the winter. They are made of softer tread compound which stays soft in the cold weather and allows the tire to get better traction. But all the qualities that make winter tires great for the cold weather causes accelerated wear and tear as well as poor handling in summer conditions. If a person wishes to drive in summer, then use of summer tires or all season tires should be done.
Avoid Running the Car on Low Fuel
These days, most vehicles have a fuel pump located within the fuel tank. This helps the fuel tank cool itself and the pump motor. When the fuel is low in the car, the pump won’t have any fuel surrounding it, thus making it susceptible to overheat of pump and premature failure. And when the outside temperature is already out, then the effort is accelerated, leading to early failure of the pump.
Avoid Leaving Food in the Car
The temperature in the car while parked can reach up to more than 100 degree Celsius. Hence, it is important to not leave any food item in the car. In the best case scenario, the food will just be spoilt. However, other issues like exploding or melting of food items can create a mess within the car’s interiors. This will be expensive to clean and will leave a foul smell for the next few days.
Avoid Keeping Pressurised Cans or Plastic Water Bottles in the Car
Pressurized cans such as deodorants etc. are sensitive to temperature changes. Quite a lot of people keep their deodorants in the dashboard and forget about it while parking the car in open spaces. This at times leads to the can exploding as the air expands due to heat. This is dangerous if the person is driving and can cause an accident or internal damage to the car’s interiors.
Now that all the important details about how to care for the cars in the summer have been given, one should think of implementing atleast some of them to elongate the car’s life.