As summer gets underway, extreme temperatures have probably already sent you sprinting into your air conditioned home or the deep end of your swimming pool. But just like you, your automobile can take only so much heat. Turns out that excessive heat can cause or worsen a whole slew of car maintenance issues. E3 Spark Plugs offers these tips to help your car and your wallet keep cool.
- Clean your battery and terminals, particularly if it’s an older one. Make sure that there is no acid leaking, that it has adequate water (heat can evaporate a battery’s internal fluids) and that the charge is strong but not off the charts. High summertime temperatures can speed up the chemical reaction inside your battery, causing it to overcharge. This can significantly shorten the battery’s lifespan.
- Check your coolant system and make sure all fluids are topped off. Keep in mind that all engine fluids break down more quickly during the summer.
- Check all hoses and belts for cracks and breaks. If they’re looking ragged, replace them.
- Check your tires for worn or weak spots. Remember that tire pressure changes with the rising temperatures. You lose one to two PSI (pounds per square inch) with every 10-degree increase in outside air temperature. And with those PSI, you’ll lose gas money, too.
- Change your oil and air filters. Clogged oil filters can cause your engine to overheat. And clogged air filters can do a real number on your gas mileage.
- Replace your windshield wipers so you’re ready for those summertime torrential downpours.
- Get your air conditioning system checked out for refrigerant leaks.
Being stranded on the side of the road is no fun to begin with. Don’t get stuck beneath a sweltering sun. Got more stay-cool tips? Post them on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook fan page.