Wednesday, July 1, 2015

5 Keys to keeping your car running in extreme heat

We all know extreme heat can take its toll on people and pets, but have you considered the effect it can have on your vehicles? Before you head out on your next summer adventure, take a few minutes to make sure your vehicle is ready to beat the heat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA recommend checking these 5 key areas:


Make sure the battery is securely mounted in place and all clamps are tightly secured. Remove any corrosive buildup from terminals and connections, and consider having it tested if it is more than 3 years old.


Keep coolant levels topped off at all times and flush and replace your coolant periodically as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Never remove a radiator cap when the engine is hot! Boiling coolant under pressure can cause serious burns.


Check all tires (including the spare) for proper inflation. Underinflated tires can cause blowouts! Also check treads for wear using the penny test. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see the top of his head, your vehicle needs new tires.


Just like us, cars need fluids to keep from overheating. Periodically check all vehicle fluids to make sure they’re filled to appropriate levels. Any signs of leakage should be addressed. Failure do so may lead you to costly repairs or, worse yet, stranded along the side of the road.

Air conditioning

Stay cool with a properly operating A/C system. Not only will it keep you comfortable, but it will help reduce driver fatigue and keep you more alert. If your A/C isn’t beating the heat have it checked by a certified technician. Also check cabin filters to ensure maximum airflow and cooling.

And, as always, make sure you and your passengers are buckled up before hitting the road!

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