Summer is here. How do you make sure your car handles the heat?

Summer is here.  How do you make sure your car handles the heat?

Hot weather during the summer months can put increased stress on various car parts, such as tires, fluids and the air conditioning system. So

Hot weather during the summer months can put increased stress on various car parts, such as tires, fluids and the air conditioning system. Hence, it is essential to ensure that the car is ready to face the challenge of summer.

Summer is almost here. Temperatures have started to rise in different regions across India. As we prepare for higher temperatures during the summer months, our cars also need special care and care to beat the heat. Different parts of the country are experiencing extremely hot weather conditions, making vehicle care and care more necessary than ever.

It is not necessary to take the car to the service center every now and then or do some expensive repairs to make the car ready for the summer, but following a few simple tips can ensure that the car runs safely throughout the season. The car owner can take the car once a year to a service shop, and the car is completely checked and repairs are made. After that, he can perform basic inspection and simple maintenance work at home.

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Neglecting such basic vehicle maintenance during the summer can lead to decreased fuel efficiency, vehicle breakdown, and costly repairs. This can also affect the quality of the car’s exterior paint. Here are some basic tips to follow to ensure your car is ready for summer.

Air conditioner inspection and maintenance

One of the most important components that works overtime during the summer is the air conditioning system. Vehicle owners often complain about their air conditioning units, saying that it takes a long time to cool the cabin during the summer. In many cases, the air conditioning is operating at an optimal level, but the heat trapped inside the vehicle enhances the cooling time. To avoid this, make sure not to park the car in direct sunlight. It is recommended to park it under a roof or at least under a tree where shade is available. In addition, make sure to have the AC unit checked by a technician and repaired if there are any issues. Also make sure the cabin air filter is clean as a dirty filter may lead to decreased air conditioner performance and a bad odor inside the cabin.

Check and maintain fluids

High temperatures often cause engine oil to burn quickly, especially if the oil is old and deteriorating. It is important to check engine oil levels regularly and add the appropriate oil as recommended by the original manufacturer, to avoid any damage to the power plant, as engine oil acts as a lubricant and protects the moving parts of the engine from friction.

Check the battery

The best way to keep your car battery in optimal condition is to keep it clean. This can be done by regularly disconnecting the battery cables and wiping their terminals. Also make sure the battery is securely attached and that all connections are properly secured. Be sure to check that the battery terminals are free of corrosion and dirt.

Check tire pressure

Tires lose and gain air pressure daily, depending on the outside temperature. Hot weather affects tire pressure by increasing it, while under-inflated tires can lead to poor fuel economy and degraded performance. Be sure to check the air pressure regularly and refill the tire with the original manufacturer’s recommended air pressure.

Check windshield wipers

While windshield wipers are most effective during the rainy season, during the summer they receive heat directly, drying out the rubber, making them less effective at cleaning the windshield. Be sure to check your wiper blades for wear and replace them if necessary.

The most important tips for car maintenance in the summer

Step 1:

Air conditioner inspection and maintenance

Step 3:

Check tire pressure

Step 4:

Check windshield wipers

Step 5:

Check and maintain fluids

First publication date: 21 March 2024, 1:19 PM IST

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