Now that we are in the thick of summer’s high temperatures, the heat can take a toll on everyone—including your car. Extreme heat can push a car past its limits, which could lead to some drivers stranded along the roadside. The following tips from RK Collision Repair Center can help you avoid becoming one of those drivers—plus a bonus section for what to do if your car overheats.
Check your battery. Issues with batteries do not always happen in the winter months. In fact, the summer heat can have more of a negative impact on your battery life than the cold temperatures. Ensure your battery is securely mounted to avoid excessive vibration when driving, clean any corrosive build-up from the battery terminals, and if the battery is more than three years old, have it tested to determine how much longer it will last.
Check and keep your tires properly inflated. Driving on tires that are under-inflated can cause tires to overheat, which increases the likelihood of a blowout—particularly when temperatures are extremely high. It is recommended to check the tire pressure (including in your spare tire) at least once a month.
Ensure fluids are at recommended levels. When fluid levels are low, the opportunity for overheating is increased. Check oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power-steering fluid, and ensure their levels are according to the recommended specifications for your vehicle.
Keep your engine cool. Your vehicle has a cooling system that is intended to protect the engine from overheating. Ensure the coolant is filled to the proper level by checking the overflow reservoir.
BONUS: What to do if your car overheats. While consistent abnormal rises in your engine’s temperature warrant a trip to the auto repair shops, there are some things you can do while on the road to make sure the temperatures do not lead to long-lasting trouble. If your vehicle overheats:
Preparing your car for extreme summer heat is simple. However, if you do not feel comfortable, RK Collision Repair Center can recommend trained technicians who can do that for you.
Rick has been in the collision repair business for 40 plus years. Has worked in all aspects of the industry from an Insurance Claims Manager to Body Shop Manger for a large Kansas City dealership.