How to take care of your car in summer

Indian summers are known for their harshness. In the northern parts of the country, the temperatures are already reaching 40 degree Celsius. The rising temperature affects everything from crops to the way people live. The high temperatures also affect cars inadvertently.

Summer Car Care tips

Now that summers are about to reach their peak, here are few tips that will help you to make your vehicles summer proof.

Tyres

Even though tyres are the most important part of a vehicle, the car owners neglect them the most. The summers heat up the tarmac excessively and that in turn, heats up the tyres. In colder temperature, a slight change in the tyre pressure can be accommodated, but the summers can be unforgiving.

Always check for cuts on the tyre, high temperature can make them blast open during high speed and cause accidents. Also, make sure that you have proper air pressure in the tyres, if the tyre has low pressure, it will go through excessive flexing on the bad surfaces that may lead to a blast.

Air conditioning

The air conditioner saves you from the harsh weather outside. It is always a good idea to give the AC system a proper check before the summers reach their pinnacle. Getting the AC fluid checked and giving it a proper diagnostic before the temperature rises any further will save you from a lot of trouble.

Radiator

Radiator does the job of regulating the engine’s temperature. If the radiator is not functioning properly, the engine may overheat and break down. Check the fluid level regularly in summers. The coolant level may go down during hot weather and may cause the radiator to not work properly. Also, check other fluids like brake fluids and hydraulic fluids. Heat causes them to evaporate quicker during hotter conditions.

Battery

The car battery is affected due to excessive heat. Give utmost care to the battery during the summer season to make sure that you are not stuck with a vehicle that would not start. Also, lubricate the connectors to make sure that the connections work properly, dry connections can cause sparks and may cause a fire in the vehicle.

Parking the car

If you park the vehicle directly under the sunlight, the inside temperature rises more than the atmospheric temperature due to the greenhouse effect. Always try to find a shaded parking or park under a tree. If you cannot locate any such parking, always roll down the windows first and drive for a few minutes before turning on the AC. This way the cooling will be more efficient and much quicker.

Protect the paint

The UV rays from the sun can harm your car’s paint. During the hot season, it is always recommended to put a few protective layers on the body. You can invest in a good car cover to avoid sunlight directly hitting the car’s body when it is parked. Else, you can take it to a car detailing shop and get it waxed. The layer of wax protects the paint for a long time. If you want, you can also do the same in your home. Make sure that you repeat the waxing process every two weeks to get the maximum protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

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