We’re in the middle of summer season, and many areas of the nation are encountering extreme warm, heat, and humidity, with temperature exceeding 90s with heat index more than 100 degrees. Getting into such a vehicle feels like sitting in the sun or steeping into a sauna bath, particularly if your seats, steering wheel & shifter are extremely hot to touch. Don’t forget; this rising temperature also affects your vehicle’s efficiency and performance.
Following are 8 Summer Car Care Tips that will enable your car to survive the extreme summer heat.
1) Protect from Sunshine
Since glass does not absorb heat very well, sunlight easily pours into the car from the windows and windshields & finding some shade from the sun to park your car isn’t always possible and we all know what that sharp burn on touching the hot steering wheel feels like! To avoid this, cover your windshield and windows with sun shades. This will not only protect your car’s dashboard and interiors from heating up but will also prevent them from fading.
Additionally, if you couldn’t escape the heat and had to park in the hot sun then, getting into car that’s been baking in the sun, open its windows & sun-roof for letting the trapped heat get out of the car. In fact, on starting the car roll down your car’s windows & switch-on the blower at a max. speed for 3-5 min. to expel the hot air. This will also makes your air conditioner’s job easier. Continue operating it for at least 25 minutes to enjoy the cool air!
2) Drape the Seats
For a cooler interior, put fabric cloth covers on your car’s seats. Utilize light colors as they retain less heat from the sun than the dark colors. covering the seats with wet towels also works well.
3) Slam the Door
Roll down a car window while you open and close the opposite door. Since hot air transcends above the cooler air, it’ll be expelled out automatically from the car and replaced with the ambient Temperature.
4) Sprinkle Some Water
Place a few drops of water on the hot surfaces of the car that you have to touch. On the other hand, you can wipe them down with a soggy cloth. The water will retain the surrounding heat & evaporate, making the hot surfaces like the steering wheel, seat covers etc. less difficult to touch.
5) Use the Bottom Vents
When you get in your car, resist the urge to turn on the upper circulation vents to get the air flowing. Use the bottom vents to push out all the trapped hot air up and out of the windows. Also, ensure that your car’s air conditioner is in a good working condition and isn’t blowing out the cold air so that you set to draw fresh air from outside and not to re-circulate the hot stale air. If you think that the AC is not working properly then, get your AC vents clean or get it serviced from an authorized service center.
6) Inspect your Tires
Do you know that with every 10 degree rise in temperature leads to one to two PSI increment in the tire pressure? Yes you got it right, Tire’s air pressure also changes with air temperature. Extreme temperature variates between day and night which can cause harm to your tires. The heat expands the elasticity of the rubber and a drop in temperature during the evening can contract it resulting in the breaking of tire walls, a condition called dry rot.
Therefore, during summers, your tires could have an excess amount of air, while during the winters, they might have less. “An under-inflated tire swells outward and puts undue pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. According to How Stuff Works reports, Due to high heat & pressure, that tire in the long run can blow, prone to accidents. However, an over-inflated tire is also not good for driving as it makes less friction with the road surface which even makes it to bounce.
Lastly but most importantly, don’t forget to check for the extra tire/stupney in your boot. It is also recommended to to fill nitrogen in your tires, rather than ordinary air, to keep the inward walls of your tires cool.
Also, make your habit to check your tire pressure after your car has been parked or stand still for some time. To know the accurate pressure, look at the sticker inside your car’s door frame or check your proprietor’s manual for better guidance.
7) Check the Battery
It’s not only the simply chilly winters climate that affects your vehicle’s battery. In-fact, extremely hot & warm climate can also harm your car’s battery. The Car Care Council clarifies, “Heat & Warm makes battery liquid to evaporate, which then causes an harm to the interior structure of the battery.”
In case that you haven’t supplanted/replaced your battery for many years and also haven’t examined for a while, plan for a visit to your nearby repair shop or parts store and have it inspected to ensure it has enough power to kick your car off amid these sweltering summer months. The Car Care Council additionally recommends to clean grimy or eroded battery terminals. “Dirt can turn into a conductor, which drains the battery power. In case if the corrosion settles on battery terminals then, it can become an insulator inhibiting the current flow.
8) Check the Coolant
During summers as you needs a lot of water to hydrate your body, in the same way your car also needs to be well hydrated. Make sure to check all the essential fluids like- Battery fluid, coolant, water, oil, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids required for the proper functioning and refill whenever necessary. Get this done at an authorized workshop/service station using only the recommended fluids.
On the off chance if your car doesn’t cool down after 7-10 min. then, it is possibly an indication of overheating. The car engine is prone to overheating if there isn’t sufficient coolant (liquid catalyst/anti-freeze). To know whether the coolant level is low or not, check the coolant reservoir under the bonut, but before opening the bonut always make sure to let the engine cool down first otherwise it can directly hit on your face, causing severe injury.
Once the summers are over start preparing your car for the monsoon as your car requires a different type of car for monsoons. Till then, follow the above summer car care tips & prevent your car from becoming an oven & enjoy your summers ride.
Your car’s engine coolant, or radiator fluid, shields your car’s engine from overheating. Hold up & wait to the point that your car’s engine has cooled down, and check to ensure that you have enough coolant in the reservoir, and add more if necessary. Most coolant repositories have a fill-to line for both hot and cold engines, so make sure not to add excess coolant than needed.