It feels like every summer is hotter than the last and so it is important to be prepared for anything. Cities all around the country are experiencing record highs, which is all fun and games until your car’s AC system breaks and you melt like the ice cream cone you were just holding. Although Wrench mobile mechanics might not be able to control the weather, they can make sure your car stays safe and cool. Do not let your car worries stop you from taking the road trip of a lifetime. Remember these tips for driving in extreme heat to avoid putting yourself or your passengers in danger, and book an appointment with Wrench today.
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- Check your levels. Hot weather can dry up the fluids in your vehicle (coolant, motor oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc.), all of which are essential to keeping your vehicle from overheating. Making sure your cooling system is working properly is essential for ensuring that your car does not overheat. If any of these fluids need to be filled up or replaced, check the owner’s manual to ensure that you use the correct types. Our mobile mechanics would be happy to help get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the road trip you have always been dying to take.
- Actually, just check everything. It is important that all parts of your car are performing their best, especially if you encounter weather that you (and your car) are not used to. This means checking your battery, because extreme heat can cause damage and lead to an unwelcome breakdown or failure. If your car battery is three or more years old, it is a good idea to get it looked at by a mechanic. Additionally, you will want to check your tire pressure. Tires (including your spare tire) are sensitive to heat and could be at risk of exploding if not properly taken care of. While you’re at it, it is also a good idea to have your belts and hoses inspected. Hiring a mechanic to come check all of these things would take the pressure off of you trying to convince yourself that you are an expert. Let us help you!
- Air conditioning!! This is so important that it deserves its own tip. It is hard to imagine anything worse than a broken AC system on a long car ride. Triple check that your AC can blast ice cold air when the heat outside is unbearable. It is a also a good idea to check and replace your air filter frequently as this can also be affected by weather and wear.
- Be prepared for anything. If you know that you are going to be in the car for an extended period of time, it is always good to prepare for the worst, especially in extreme heat or any unfamiliar situation. Pack water and an emergency kit in case you experience any kind of delay. It is also a good idea to keep window shades in your car in the instance that your car has to be parked for a long period of time.
- Read the signs. First and foremost, check the weather before you embark on your adventure. You would hate to drive four hours in the car only to realize that you were completely unprepared for the climate. If you do find yourself in a climate that you are unaccustomed to, be aware that your car may be unaccustomed as well. Listen to what your car is telling you. If you see that the engine temperature light comes on, pull over and let it cool down instead of ignoring the sign. If the problem persists, schedule an appointment with a mobile mechanic to get your vehicle checked out by a professional.
- Protect your pooch! Never leave dogs or children in a car by themselves, even with the windows cracked. The inside of a vehicle can still reach dangerous temperatures even if it is not extremely hot outside.
And most importantly, have fun! You should be able to enjoy the warm weather without worrying that your car might fall apart around you.
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