108 Weaver Dr. - Your Complete Automotive Service Center
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Have you checked your tires lately?
Be Cool
Feeling Gassed at the pump?
Hidden Danger. Do you have time?
Conventional vs. synthetic oils

Categories

Maintenance
Seasonal Reminder
powered by

Dickson's 1st Auto Repair Blog

Don't Let the Heat Strand You

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems.

Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.

To get the most life out of a battery, the council recommends having the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging at the correct rate. If your car's battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it often, especially in hot weather and add distilled water if necessary. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow.

The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine. To keep the cooling system working effectively, the coolant and distilled water mixture for a vehicle's radiator should be 50:50. As a reminder, never open a hot radiator cap when checking the coolant level in the reservoir.
As a rule of thumb, the coolant should be changed annually on most vehicles. This will keep the cooling system fresh and clean inside, which helps prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection. A pressure test, thermostat test, a cooling fan test and a visual inspection for leaks and corrosion should also be done annually. Hoses and drive belts should be checked for cracks, bulges or frayed edges.
The radiator should be kept clean by periodically using a garden hose and a soft brush to carefully remove bugs, dirt and debris.

Tires also need special care in warmer weather as high temperatures put added stress on them. To maximize tire life and safety, check the tire condition and inflation pressure monthly, and have the tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Summer heat will cause the pressure within a tire to rise, therefore, it's important to check the pressure when tires are cold. The owner's manual includes the recommended air pressure for your vehicle's tires.

It takes very little time and money to make sure your car runs properly during summer, and although breakdowns happen, they can definitely be minimized by taking a few extra preventive maintenance steps.

21 Comments to Don't Let the Heat Strand You:

Comments RSS
hospedagem de sites on Friday, May 17, 2013 2:38 AM
Annual mileage is going to be different for everyone. Granny may only put 3,000 miles a year on her Buick driving to and from church, but a traveling businessperson could easily rack up 30,000 miles in a year.
Reply to comment
 
topptwatches on Monday, October 28, 2013 10:32 PM
Always in search of various kinds of ideas....http://www.topptwatches.co.uk


www.securecomfort.biz on Friday, May 17, 2013 3:58 AM
The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine.
Reply to comment


term papers download on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:39 AM
Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.
Reply to comment


forklift hire sydney on Friday, June 14, 2013 1:57 AM
In summer when the temperature is very high, traveling in the car is such a typical task.Thanks for sharing such an informative blog.
Reply to comment


auto accident lawyers on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 10:56 PM
You are absolutely right that tires also need special care in warmer weather because warm air effect so much the air inside the tier, and we have to be proper take care of that because it can be the reason of the accidents..
Reply to comment


online casino on Friday, July 19, 2013 5:43 AM
The radiator should be kept clean by periodically using a garden hose and a soft brush to carefully remove bugs, dirt and debris.
Reply to comment


www.odbierzbonus.com on Monday, March 03, 2014 4:25 PM
Nice layout!
Reply to comment


Car Dealership Web Design on Monday, March 24, 2014 5:15 AM
I was looking forward such kind of post Don't Let the Heat Strand You.I have been much benefited to get this informative site. Thanks a million friend. Carry on.
Reply to comment


Dealership Marketing on Friday, April 04, 2014 4:58 AM
Thank you very much for sharing this useful information. I was doing a project and for that I was looking for related information. Some of the points are very useful. Do share some more material if you have.
Reply to comment


Kizi on Friday, August 29, 2014 4:14 AM
A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery.
Reply to comment


profile on Thursday, October 09, 2014 2:10 AM
the final together with providing regarding these kinds of property really should thus choose hundred per-cent will generate us all regarding the safe practices and then the excellent of done
Reply to comment


Fire Damage on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 12:30 AM
Good post !!An impressive share! I just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been conducting a little research on this.
Reply to comment


strony www on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:21 PM
Most commonly they are really made of clay-based or possibly silica Moreover, it'd provide more comfort to child as compared to standard organic and natural cloth
Reply to comment


Cristi on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:01 PM
I believe it's truly a difficult issue. My cousin experienced a mischance a month ago because of not seeing the vehicle coming towards him because of some light appearance in his glass. Individuals ought to be more cautious about this. Thanks!
Reply to comment


Jack on Monday, April 04, 2016 5:30 AM
It requires next to no investment and cash to ensure your auto runs legitimately amid summer, and in spite of the fact that breakdowns happen, they can be minimized by taking a couple of additional preventive support steps. Thank you so much.
Reply to comment


stephen@carcare on Tuesday, August 09, 2016 2:49 PM
While you use any car or any type of truck 1st you have fully knowledge about them. If you feel any problem in the car please go to car experts.
Reply to comment


rolex replica on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 9:10 PM
While you use any car or any type of truck 1st you have fully knowledge about them. If you feel any problem in the car please go to car experts.
Reply to comment


Dr Ishtiaq Malik on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:28 AM
Hi, How are you. The blog is good and the article is ok!
Reply to comment


Kelly on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:01 AM
My first time to visit in the blog. In the blog is very informative for me. Dickson's 1st Auto Repair Blog provided the all kind of information for the everyone new visitor. buy kennel flooring uk
Reply to comment


Adam Hall on Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:45 AM
nice post. Very lovely post. So informative. Live pakistan super league 3 on our website.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint