Yes we are set to have an Indian summer again this year, Take some advice from the guys at Tameside Auto Centre from last summer on how to keep the shade on wheels running this summer.
We’ve had an unusually warm, bright, sunny spell the last few weeks, and while we’ve all been slathering on the sunscreen, remember – you need to make sure your car is protected too.
Even with the forecast predicting a cooler spell, your car will have been through a lot in this heatwave, so make sure it’s ready for the next one.
If you haven’t done these five things in the last couple of weeks, we recommend you get on them, pronto.
1. Check Your Fluid Levels
Just as we drink more during a hot spell, you need to make sure your car doesn’t get dehydrated too.
The hot weather speeds up both the usage and evaporation of your keyvehicle fluids. Oil helps keep your car cool by preventing friction. The increase in dust during hot weather can lead to clogged filters, stodgy oil, less lubrication, and rising temperatures in your engine.
A 20-minute check of your oil and coolant can save you costly repairs in the long run.
If you’re unsure which oil you need, take a look at our handy article on engine oil, or call in for a quick check-up
2. Double Check Your Batteries
The hot weather puts a much heavier load on your batteries. Heat affects the chemical reactions, and long road-trips, increased air-conditioning, sat nav, the family’s phones and all those other little things can drain it faster than you’re used to.
Getting your battery checked now will help prevent nasty little surprises (like your car not starting) which can put a ding in your summer break.
3. Check Filters
Hot weather means more cars, more pollution, and more dust and debris in the air. All of this can quickly start clogging up your air filters.
Clogged filters to the engine will reduce your mileage because your engine is having to work hotter and harder, and can ultimately lead to long-term damage to your car.
It’s also a good idea to check the air-conditioning filters too. As long as you don’t have the windows open, your car’s cabin is a sealed unit protecting you from all the gunk that’s in the air, but clogged and damaged filters can undo a lot of that protection.
4. Tyre Pressure
We’ve said a few times that one of the most damaging factors to the rubber elements of your car – such as your tyres and pipes – is heat.
Hot weather, trapped air, and rubber can be a volatile mix. Underinflated tyres can be particularly dangerous as they’re more likely to blow out, and that’s even more likely in hot weather.
Make sure your car, yourself, and your family are safe by checking your tyre pressure regularly. Do it earlier in the day when it’s cooler for the most accurate reading. Also, take a look at our guide on how to extend the life of your tyres.
Remember – we offer a free tyre check, so get in touch today to book in for yours…
5. Prevention Is Better Than Cure
As well as checking what’s going on with the moving parts, it makes sense to mitigate the damage that sunlight and heat can do to your car… and your body when you’re in it.
There’s a reason you shouldn’t keep pets in a car – the insides can reach up to 140F, so why would you do that to yourself, even if it will cool down quickly? The shock from turning and burning yourself on too-hot plastic can be all it takes to distract you long enough to cause an accident.
Always park in the shade where you can, and used reflector panels on the front and back dashboards. They will massively reduce the heat build up in your car, and therefore will reduce the load on your air conditioning system when you return to it.
As a bonus, they also prevent UV damage to your interiors, reducing value-loss on resale because of shabby seats.
As always, if you need any assistance with these simple vehicle checks, why not bring it to your friendly Tameside Auto Centre? We’ve over 15 years experience checking and servicing cars to make sure they’re in tip-top condition come rain or shine.
Drop us a line now on 0161 320 3156 or click here to get in touch online.