by admin, June 16, 2022, Tips
With high heat indexes that are here, in the middle of summer, we need to take some simple precautions to keep ourselves and our cars from sustaining damage. There are many things that can happen when a car is left out in the blistering sun for a long time. Not all of us park in garages at home or parking decks for work. Cars sitting in high temperatures for long periods of time can cause the auto body paint to crack, leather seats and plastic to crack, interior materials could burn the driver or any passengers skin, or simply the car could overheat. Here are some things to keep in mind when leaving your car our in the hot summer sun for long periods of time.
Under the Hood Protection on High Heat Index Days
- Air conditioning in your car. Check the refrigerant charge level in the air conditioning system. If it is not cooling it may be low or there may be a more serious problem. Have it checked by a professional so that you and your car stays cool this summer.
- The car’s Cooling system. In-order-to help protect your engine from overheating, make sure it is in good working order. Check belts and antifreeze/coolant. Change belts and fluids on a regular basis, as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
- Your car’s Battery. High temperatures and high accessory loads (use of the vehicles air conditioning) can cause it to wear out and fail quicker. Have the vehicle’s battery and complete charging system checked regularly by a professional mechanic to make sure it’s functioning properly.
- General Fluids. The possibility of overheating greatly increases when fluid levels are below levels recommended by the manufacturer. Regularly check motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. If any need to be topped off, check your owner’s manual about the types of fluids recommended. This is very important and a lifeline to your vehicle’s healthy condition.
The Car’s Exterior Protection from the Sun
- Wash and dry your car often. Sun and heat can fade and crack the paint. Frequent washing and hand drying help remove dirt and dust particles that can cause micro scratches and dull your car’s finish.
- Wax your car. A layer of wax between your car’s finish and the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a great way to help protect it. Ask your local auto body shop how often to wax your car.
- Tire pressure is a must to check. It’s important to check tire pressure often when it’s hot. Hot pavement and underinflated tires are a dangerous combination and could lead to a blowout. Tires can lose about one pound of air pressure a month. Follow your vehicle’s manufacturer recommended tire pressure.
The Car’s Interior Protection from the Sun
- Park in a shaded area. It is the easiest form of protection from the sun. Open the windows a crack to help lower the interior temperature and equalize the air pressure if you are in an area that is safe to do so. This will help the interior dash or materials from cracking from direct sunlight.
- Windshield sun protector. Yes, they are ugly and annoying but It’s a way to keep your car cool and prevent sun damage.
- Protect leather seats with a conditioner. To help avoid cracks or tears, keep seats clean, and apply leather conditioner often. You will avoid cracking by protecting them with products made for just this you can get at your local automotive supply store.
- Install seat covers. They not only protect leather and fabric seats, but they also help keep them cool.
- Microfiber cloth. Use a low-gloss detailing product to reduce glare. Dust and dirt can cause tiny scratches, especially on hot and dried out materials, and it can become worse over time. Wipe down the dash frequently to remove all the particles.
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