Caring for Your Car During the Hot Summer Months

Caring for Your Car in the Hot Summer MonthsWe're barely out of the cold winter months and into Spring. Before you know it, summer will be here and with it, the hot weather. Any type of extreme temperatures, cold or hot, can be rough on vehicles. The components most stressed are car batteries, the cooling system and tires. Here are some tips on caring for your car during the hot summer months: Your Car Battery - The life cycle of a car battery is between 3 and 5 years. When you approach this time, it's a good idea to have the battery checked. It's also a adviseable to inspect your battery and clean away any grease, dirt and oxidation that can weaken the charge. The Cooling System - Your vehicle's cooling system is designed to keep the engine running at an optimal temperature. The antifreeze/coolant is mixed with distilled water at a 50:50 ratio and keeps the fluid from freezing in the winter and overheating in the summer. The antifreeze/coolant is also designed to prevent corrosion in the cooling system. In time, the antifreeze/coolant degrades and isn't able to do its job effectively. In caring for your car, you should have the cooling system flushed and fluids replaced at least once every two years. A word of caution - Never open a radiator cap while the engine is hot. Car Tires - Hot roads cause more stress to your car's tires. As the temperatures rise, the pressure inside your tires rises. To maximize tire life and safety, inspect the tread depth and the condition of your tires once a month. You'll also want to make sure they are inflated to the proper air pressure. Check tire pressure when the tires are cold and add air if needed. To find the proper tire air pressure, look at the label posted inside the driver's side door. Finally, it's a good idea to have your tires rotated every 6,000 miles. In caring for your car, the best way to make sure your vehicle is ready to go in the summer is to bring it in to Trojan Auto Care in Troy, OH. With each visit, we perform a courtesy safety inspection that will alert you to components that need to be replaced or are nearing replacement. Contact us today in Troy, Ohio to schedule your next visit.
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