We tend to travel more in the summer; summer holidays, beach trips, weekends away etc. But the scorching temperatures can do bad things to your car. Read through our tips to keep your car running during the summer months.
Check the tyre pressure
This is good to do all year round, however the temperature can affect the air pressure in your tyres. So if the temperature does rise then you need to make sure they stay properly inflated. You don’t need to take your car to a mechanic to check the pressure. Air pressure gauges are available at most garages, as well as air pumps to re-inflate them.
Your Car Battery
The heat of the summer months can have a negative effect on your car’s battery. You can’t do much about the temperature but you can take steps to make sure your battery doesn’t deteriorate. The best way to do this is to have your car serviced regularly to make sure the battery has not degraded and has no corrosion. The heat can cause the battery fluid to evaporate and this can damage the internal structure of the battery.
The engine needs as much lubrication as it can get when it’s hot, so make sure you keep your oil levels topped up. If you are driving extra miles in the summer you may need to change the oil more frequently.
The Air Conditioning
Air con is a god send in the hot weather, so make its working by having it serviced regularly! Replacing the air filter and cleaning out any clogged vents is also a good way to keep your air con working at full capacity.