How hot temperatures can affect your car
Just like extreme cold, high heat can take a toll on your vehicle. Taking a few precautions could potentially save you time and money.
--Check your battery with either a voltage meter or at your car's scheduled maintenance appointment before it gets hot. High heat can impede the chemical processes inside the car battery especially with the extra burden of air conditioners.
--Check your coolant/antifreeze. Strangely, cooling system problems often happen at lower speeds when less forced air is circulating at the front of the car. With ample coolant, your car will be able to help control its internal temperature. Most cars operate with an engine temperature around 200 degrees.
--Heat makes tires expand causing over-inflation and more likely to puncture. Check your tire pressure during a hot spell and release any air to maintain manufacturer's recommendations.
--Your car's engine oil will thin in high heat causing friction and potential for engine damage. Have your oil changed before summer with a high-quality product capable of withstanding warm weather.
On a 70-degree day, within 30 minutes, the inside car temperature can reach 104 degrees. On hotter days, temperatures can easily rise to over 170 degrees. Find some shade or lower windows a bit when you park your car or consider a sunscreen which will keep the inside of your car cooler, including the leather seats and wheel, and burden the air conditioner less.
Today is a great time to come into Lance's Superior Auto to have your car checked before the dog days of summer. We hope to see you soon!
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 S.W. Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville