Protecting Your Vehicle in the Summer

 4 Simple Tips: Protecting Your Vehicle in the Summer

Cars, just like any other machine, need regular maintenance to perform the way they should. When it comes to maintaining your car, you need to be extra cautious during summer. Exposure to heat on a regular basis can impact your vehicle’s performance giving rise to safety and convenience issues. To help you stay out of harm's way and avoid the inconvenience of not being able to use your car in Durham; in this article, we evaluate a few summer car protection tips.

1. Take Good Care Of Your Battery

As the temperature rises, your battery starts losing fluid at a faster rate than usual. The problem, if not addressed in a timely manner, can cause oxidation of different components. To avoid battery issues, periodically check the condition and charge of your battery. Clean the cables at regular intervals and check the level of the electrolyte and water level regularly. Refill the cells with clean, distilled water, if required and lubricate the connectors regularly.

2. Check Your Wipers Regularly 

Continued exposure to heat can impact the shape of the rubber used in your car's wipers. Additionally, dirt and dust particles accumulate in and around wipers, dragging their performance down. To get the most out of your wipers, clean them regularly. Add washer fluid to your windshield fluid tank regularly and carry out periodic inspections for bends and other damage. 

3. Inspect Your Tires 

Tires are one of the most vital and yet neglected parts of a car. A rise in temperature can heat up the tarmac, which in turn can impact your tires. When exposed to heat, the poorly inflated tire can burst, resulting in safety issues. Cases of drivers losing control of their vehicle due to a burst tire aren’t unheard of. 

To carefully avoid safety issues properly maintain the correct tire pressure (as specified by your manufacturer) and vigilantly monitor your tires for possible cuts and holes. Make sure the tread does not have uneven wear and is free of sharp stones or nails. 

4. Top Off Essential Fluids 

An increase in temperature can result in a loss of essential fluids, like brake oil, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. To wisely avoid performance issues, check and top up essential fluids if required. 

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Source: Ford