Car maintenance for the summer season.
Is your car ready for the hot weather?
Now that summer is here, it is important that you and your vehicle are well prepared for driving under hotter conditions. A well maintained vehicle becomes increasingly important for those who are travelling long distances over the Christmas period or have a summer road trip planned.
Here, we look at some of the important safety checks and maintenance that you should consider before hitting the road.
Did you know that tyre blowouts are more common in hot weather? When your tyres are under inflated they flex more, which causes heat to build up. Excessive tyre temperatures are the leading cause of tyre blowouts.
To check your tyre pressures, locate your manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressures in the vehicle manual or on the vehicle placard (found in the door jamb on the driver’s side of the vehicle).
Here are some important things to remember when checking tyre pressures:
- You should check tyre pressures once a month.
- Always check tyre pressures when the tyres are cold, to ensure an accurate reading.
- Use a quality tyre pressure gauge for an accurate reading.
- Check the pressure of your spare tyre also.
- If you need to adjust the pressure of any of your tyres, check the pressure again to ensure you have achieved the correct pressure.
You’re likely to be using your car’s air conditioning (AC) system a lot more in the hotter weather. Now is a good time to ensure that your AC system is correctly gassed.
One indicator that your AC system requires re gassing is that you will notice it no longer blows as cool as it should. Regassing must always be performed by a qualified professional and is an indication the system has a leak somewhere.
Hot temperatures can put additional strain on your car battery. Heat can cause damage to your car battery due to water loss and heat distortion.
With proper maintenance you can help to prolong the life of your car battery. This includes:
- Having your vehicle regularly serviced. A poorly running engine tends to need more power from the battery and can reduce battery life.
- Cleaning the battery terminals to prevent corrosion.
- Checking the battery clamps - if any are damaged they will need replacing to ensure that the car battery can’t move.
Your car’s cooling system works to remove excess heat from your engine to prevent overheating. Regular servicing can ensure that it is operating efficiently and safely.
Engine coolant degrades over time and does require replacing. Adhering to the recommended cooling system service schedule as outlined in your owner’s manual can greatly assist in the overall safety, efficiency and reliability of your car. Typically, you should have your cooling system serviced every 2 years, or every 40,000km, whichever comes first.
Hot weather affects more than just your car’s cooling system. Other fluids including engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid are all under heavy demand in hot weather. Check these fluids to make sure that they are all at the recommended levels. You can refer to your owner’s manual for more information, or speak with one of the trusted professionals at your local BestDrive for advice.
Make sure your vehicle is serviced.
Regular servicing is a proactive approach to car maintenance that can ensure your vehicle is performing at its best. It can also prevent costly repairs by addressing minor problems before they cause more significant damage and can lessen the likelihood of an unexpected breakdown in hot weather.
During the hotter summer months, heat places your car’s cooling systems under increased strain. If your car is due for scheduled maintenance, book it in for a service at your local BestDrive.
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