Just like the deep cold of winter can take its toll on your car, the High temperatures in summer can take a toll on everything, including your car. Heat makes things, especially fluids and lubricants, break down and evaporate. As you get ready to take your new or pre-owned, Dodge, Jeep, or Chrysler on summer adventures, here are 5 things to check on to make sure you don’t get stranded on the side of the road in the hot summer sun.
Make sure your battery is prepared for High Temperatures.
While batteries can have some issue during the winter, the summer heat can actually have more of a negative effect. Heat and vibration are a batteries worst enemy leading to internal breakdown and eventual failure. Make sure your battery is securely mounted to minimize vibration. Heat can also cause a faster than normal evaporation of battery fluids which leads to corrosion on battery terminals. Clean any corrosive buildup from terminals and cable clamps, also make sure all clamps and terminal connections are secure.
Keep your Tires properly Inflated
Driving on underinflated tires can cause your tires to overheat increasing the likelihood of a blowout, especially when road temperatures are extremely high. Check your tire pressure (including your spare), at least once a month. You tires will naturally lose about 1 psi per month through natural seepage. Also keep in mind that high temperatures can cause the air in a tire to expand causing over inflation.
Keep your engine cool.
Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically to make sure everything is in working order. Between flushes make sure that fluid levels are filled to their proper level. The coolant is able to keep the moving parts of your car from becoming so hot they start melting. The heat exchange causes these fluids to break down over time. Make sure your tank is full.
Maintain a comfortable driving environment.
During the extreme summer heat an air-conditioning system can be more than just a convenience. It reduces drivers fatigue which can be a big safety issue. The air conditioning system also contains your cabin air filter meaning that it affects your air quality. If the system isn’t maintaining your cabin temperature the way is should it may be low on refrigerant. Have it checked by a licensed professional.
Be prepared for Summer Breakdowns
Even with all of the preventative maintenance in the world, summer breakdowns can still occur. Have a well-stocked emergency kit including things like a First Aid kit, basic hand tools, emergency flairs or a beacon, water, non-perishable food, jumper cables, and a flashlight.
Many maintenance tasks are relatively simple and can be performed by the average driver but some are best left to a trained professional. Make sure your car is summer ready before heading out with the family this year.