How to Help Your Vehicle Weather the Heat

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot. Hot weather can be tough on people, but it’s really tough on your vehicle. Since you count on your car or truck to keep you cool during the dog days of summer, we’d like to help you with some tips to help keep your vehicle running smoothly and prevent potential issues.

Check and maintain your coolant system: Ensure that your vehicle’s coolant levels are correct, and that the coolant mixture is appropriate for hot weather. Inspect hoses and belts for any signs of wear or leakage.

Monitor tire pressure: Hot weather can cause tire pressure to increase, so regularly check your tire pressure and ensure it is at the recommended level. Properly inflated tires improve fuel efficiency and handling.

Keep an eye on the battery: Heat can be hard on car batteries and may reduce their lifespan. Check the battery regularly for any signs of corrosion or leaks, and if your battery is old or weak, consider replacing it before it fails – and before cold weather sets in.

Maintain the air conditioning system: Make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning system is in good working condition. Check the refrigerant levels and have the system serviced if needed. Clean or replace the cabin air filter regularly for optimal airflow.

Regularly inspect and maintain your vehicle: Regular maintenance, including oil changes, air filter replacements, and overall inspections, is crucial in hot weather. It ensures that your vehicle operates efficiently and minimizes the risk of breakdowns.

Carry extra water and emergency supplies: In case of a breakdown or emergency, always carry extra water, a fully charged cell phone, and other emergency supplies like a flashlight, jumper cables, and a first aid kit.

Be cautious with gas stations: Avoid overfilling your gas tank during hot weather. Fuel expands in high temperatures, and overfilling can lead to spills and potential fire hazards.

Protect your engine from overheating: Avoid driving in heavy traffic whenever possible, as stop-and-go traffic can cause engines to overheat. If you’re stuck in traffic, put your car in neutral. If you see your engine getting warmer, turn off the air conditioning, turn on the fans, and maybe even the heater to cool down your vehicle.

Park in shaded areas or use sunshades: Parking in the shade or using sunshades can help reduce the temperature inside your vehicle and prevent damage to the interior components. It also helps to crack open the windows slightly to allow hot air to escape.

Customers like you know that tips 1 – 5 above are things that we can do for you. Bring your vehicle in to us and let us give it a hot weather checkup. Whatever the weather, at Norris, we’re here to help you keep your vehicle safe and comfortable for you and your family.

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