With average temperatures reaching over 70°F this week, there is no denying it: summer is here. Did you know that at 70 degrees on a sunny day, the temperature inside a car can reach 104 degrees within a half hour?
That is because sunlight gets trapped inside, and the heat will not only make driving miserable but can damage your interior as well.
If you have not already started, now is the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for the summer heat by following these four essential car tips.
Keep Your Battery Cool
Many believe freezing winter temperatures are the root of all battery problems, but in reality, hot summer temperatures can have even more of a negative impact on car batteries.
This is because heat and vibrations lead to internal breakdowns and, eventually, battery failure.
Storing your vehicle in a garage or underneath a canopy is the best defense against an overheated battery.
Fill Up Your Vehicle Fluids
Most vehicle fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant, serve as coolants within the engine to help carry away excess heat from critical components.
When fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is not as efficient.
This causes excess amounts of heat to be trapped inside the engine, which increases the chances of overheating.
The only way to guarantee a cool engine is by ensuring all vehicle fluids are filled to appropriate levels.
Service Your Air-Conditioning
Is there anything worse than escaping the hot summer sun and smoldering heat in the safety of your car, only to discover your air conditioning has failed.
To avoid this unfortunate situation, it is crucial to ensure your system is working properly.
If your system has any holes or deterioration, leaking Freon can be extremely harmful to the environment.
There are leak-sealing products and refrigerant re-chargers available to repair leaks, but it is still a good idea to have a qualified mechanic repair your air-conditioning system if any major problems arise.
Protect Your Interior
When you are not driving, it is a good idea to keep your parked vehicle in a shady area, but this is not always an available option.
A dashboard sunshade will serve to keep the inside of your vehicle cooler while sitting in the sun. This dashboard cover also works to protect your dashboard against harmful sun rays and prevent damage to your interior upholstery.
Another great option to help your parked car beat the heat is tinted windows. Window tints are designed to filter out ultraviolet rays from the sun that generate heat.
Trick Trucks Has the Answers to All Your Vehicle Care for The Summer Questions
If you want to upgrade your vehicle & learn more about car tips in the summer, then come to see us at Trick Trucks. We are happy to make sure your truck is in great condition and is looking fresh all year round.
We have over forty years of experience, so there is nothing we haven’t seen.