5 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Heat:
1. Clean corrosive build up on battery terminals
Higher temperatures mean that liquids in the car evaporate faster. Mostly the battery fluid. This could lead to corrosion on terminals and connections. Avoid any battery issues by cleaning any build up from the battery terminals and cable clamps. While you’re at it make sure the clamps are tightened.
Speaking over liquids evaporating faster…
2. Check all fluids
When fluid levels are low, the possibility of overheating increases. Drivers should check all vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to ensure they are filled to the appropriate levels. If any fluids need to be topped off, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual.
3. Test your battery and, if necessary, replace it BEFORE it dies
Napa Auto says, “the average car battery life can be anywhere from three to five years, but the exact time any given battery needs to be changed depends on a number of factors.” A two-year-old battery should be tested to determine how much longer it will last.
4. Make Sure Tires Are Properly Inflated
Driving on under-inflated tires not only affects the handling and braking of a vehicle, it also can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout. This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high. Tires should be checked when the car has been idle for some time.
While checking all tires for the correct pressure drivers also should inspect the tire treads for adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.
5. Stock a Summer Emergency Car Kit
Even with proper preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur. A well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle is a must. It should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, a first aid kit, and a Stop & Go tire plugger.