Tips From Your Local Auto Repair Shop – Caring For Your Car In the Summer Heat

Summer is right around the corner. Though it is generally hot in Florida throughout the year, summers can be especially gruesome. We know that heat can take a toll on ourselves, our pets, and our plants, but did you know that the heat can affect your vehicle as well? The key to having a vehicle you love that will last a long time is preventative maintenance and care. Here are some tips from your friends at All County Automotive to help you beat the heat.

Check Your Fluid Levels And Tires

During the sweltering summer days, it is important to make sure all of your fluid levels are safe. Make sure there is enough coolant to keep your engine running well in the warm weather and to prevent overheating. If it is about time to get your oil changed, make sure to do that as well. Power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Whenever the temperatures outside are extreme your car needs to put in extra work to run properly, so checking these levels is an important step to avoiding breakdowns. Parking in the shade can also make the heat in your car a little less miserable as well as protect your car from being exposed to those harmful rays, so opt for shady parking when it is available to you.

Warm weather can also affect your tires, causing the air in them to expand. The heat of the asphalt can also cause some wear and tear to the exterior of the tire. Be sure to check on them regularly and be extra aware of their condition.

Sun Damage And Extreme Temperatures In Your Car

Nothing is worse than getting into your hotbox car and sitting on your screaming hot car seats, only to have to grip a steering wheel that is just as hot. Not only is it uncomfortable, but this intense heat can cause damage to your leather seats and steering wheels. It is best to use a leather conditioner to help protect your seats, or use seat covers to eliminate the sun exposure. You can also use a cover on your steering wheel. Another helpful tool is the windshield shades. You may not see an extreme decrease in temperature but it will make a difference to your car’s interior.

The summer sun can also damage your paint and cause your beautiful car to look faded and old before long. Keeping the exterior clean can help protect your car. You can also get your car detailed or wax your car in order to help the paint stay fresh. The wax used often will provide a little relief and protection from the UV rays of the sun.

Keep An Eye On Your Battery

Unfortunately when you live in warmer, more tropical areas, it decreases your battery life. Even though most batteries say they have a lifespan of up to 5 years, when the battery is exposed to constant and extreme heat they generally last 2-3. It is recommended to get your battery tested about twice a year, so doing so in the summer can help you identify if there are any issues you may not be aware of.

When in Doubt- Get a Tune-Up!

Regular maintenance can always be beneficial on your car, especially during the summer. A trusted auto repair specialist can take a look under the hood and see what can be done to keep your car running and cool in the heat. If you are in need of a tune-up, oil change, or any service offered by an auto repair shop, contact one of our All County Automotive locations and have your car running better than ever!

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