When it heats up outside, not only can it affect you, but the vehicle can be affected as well. You can help to take proper precautions during the hot summer months in order to keep the vehicle in the best condition. With extreme hot temperatures, this can damage the rubber for the tires. This is especially true if the tires are improperly inflated. They can dry out because of the heat, increasing the chance of a blowout happening. Also make sure that the tires are not over inflated. This can cause the tire to wear out faster than it otherwise should. Always check the air pressure to make sure that the tires are properly inflated.
Heat and the Oil
Another part to worry about in the summer is the oil for the vehicle. If the engine is hot, it will need proper lubrication to keep the engine operating efficiently. Remember that following the recommended oil change schedule will decrease the chance of the engine seizing up. If you are not sure the oil change schedule, make sure to contact us. Depending how often you drive and mileage, will determine when the oil should be changed for the vehicle.
Another thing to check to ensure the engine can work properly is the coolant. Without the proper coolant levels, the summer heat can cause issues to the engine. Having the radiator and hoses inspected should also be done. If they are damaged, a coolant leak could happen. This will cause the engine temperature to rise even further. When driving in the summer, always be aware of the temperature gage for the vehicle. If is starts to increase, make sure to turn off the vehicle to allow it to cool down. Notice if the vehicle constantly overheats. If this is the case, you will want to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.