With New Mexico holding one of the highest recorded temperatures in the US at 122 degrees Fahrenheit (June 27, 1994), it’s vital that you prepare yourself, and your car, for the hot weather.
With performance, comfort, and reliability at stake, prepping your vehicle for the heat should be a yearly routine. Read on to know what to look for so your car can beat the heat.
One of the first things you should do to prepare your car for hot weather is to check the air conditioning system.
Run your AC before it gets brutally hot outside. This way you can test and make sure it’s working the best that it can.
If the air coming out is cool but not cold, that will be an issue once the really hot weather comes.
Chances are you will need to recharge your refrigerant. You will probably need to replace your air filters at this time for maximum cooling efficiency.
Your air conditioning compressor relies on a belt for power. Conduct a visual inspection under the hood and look for any signs of worn or broken belts. If your compressor belt is worn or cracked, replace this before it breaks on the road.
Batteries are susceptible at all times of the year. As it turns out, hot weather is no friend to the car battery.
Knowing how to jump a car is handy knowledge, but testing your battery before the summer kicks in is a good way to keep those jumper cables in the trunk.
The heat combined with vibration will cause internal wear and the inevitable breakdown of your battery. Check your battery to make sure it is securely mounted to minimize any vibrations.
The rise in temperature will also cause faster evaporation of battery fluid. This will lead to corrosion on the terminal posts. Clean any corrosive material from the cables, clamps, and posts with a wire brush to ensure your cables are making good contact.
Your engine relies on coolant to keep it cool while running. Check your coolant and make sure it is filled to the appropriate level.
Check your coolant hoses and clamps for cracks.
If there is a crack in a hose or if a clamp has failed, it will cause coolant to leak from the system.
If too much coolant leaks from the system then your car will overheat.
Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended PSI. Under-inflated tires can overheat on the hot pavement leading to a blowout.
PSI specs can usually be found on a sticker inside of the door jamb, glove box, gas tank lid, or in your owner’s manual.
Now that we’ve discussed some ways for you to prep your car for the heat, you’ll be well on your way to having a summer full of fun, not breakdowns.
You don’t need to be a mechanic to prepare your car for the hot weather, but stop by the shop for any services and checks that you need help with!
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