Jacksonville, Fla. – The extreme heat we see is not only difficult for the body, it can also be harsh on your car.
Cars can overheat and that can leave drivers with a big problem, but AAA and local mechanic drivers have shared some tips on how to protect their vehicles from the summer heat.
AAA may experience high car trouble calls due to rising temperatures during the summer months, as mercury increases, increasing the risk of dead batteries, blown tires and faulty air conditioners.
Test your battery life
Most batteries last for three to five years, but each day extreme weather pushes the battery closer to its end.
The slow “stuttering” start is a sign that the battery is weakening.
Aaron Nelson with Aaron Car Care says he is already seeing it with his customers.
“I got a call this morning, same thing. One person said it started yesterday afternoon, but it did not start in the usual way. It was medicine, a little slow, “Nelson said.” They ran. We checked and sure enough, the battery failed to check. “
Should the battery be replaced, replace it before it dies or can be replaced by AAA roadside service technicians.
Watch the temperature
Cars can get hotter in the summer, which is why you should always keep an eye on your car temperature.
“It was a car death. That’s as bad as running without oil. If you get really hot, if you’re sitting in traffic or what’s near you, get stuck in traffic and the temperature starts to go above 300 in the gauge … try to get off the road and try to cool the car, ”Nelson said.
The car’s temperature gauge is displayed on the dashboard.
Make sure you have enough coolant in your car, ”Nelson said. Without it, the engine could be overheated.
Make sure your tires are properly ventilated
Running on low-inflated tires reduces fuel economy and overheating, increasing the chance of blowout. This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are too high.
“Temperature increases air pressure. Like cold weather, it decreases,” Nelson said.
Check your tire pressure once a month
Increase the tires to the manufacturer’s specifications listed on the decal, usually in the driver’s doorjamb. Also, inspect the tire treads for sufficient depth and any signs of uneven wear that may indicate inflation, suspension or alignment problems. It is always a good idea to check your stress before any road trip.
Check your fluids
When liquids are low, the likelihood of overheating is increased. Drivers must ensure that all vehicle fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid, are filled to the proper level. If any liquid is to be topped up, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual.
AAA suggests getting ready for a breakdown by keeping a well-stocked emergency kit, including cellphone charger, water, rotten foodstuffs, jumper cables, batteries with extra batteries, road flames or emergency beacon, basic hand tools and the first. Treatment box.
Establishing a roadside rescue plan is also a good idea. Make sure your AAA membership is active and that your plan fits your needs and the distance you plan to travel. Roadside assistance is available to members on the AAA mobile app.
Don’t wait until it’s too late
If Nelson thinks something about your car, you don’t have to wait to check it out.
If you know you’re going to be driving a lot this summer, take your car to the store. Make sure the mechanic does not have any hoses swollen. It is a good idea to check your spare tires, he said. 8 out of 10 spare tires were flat as they were not inspected, he said.
If you are an AAA member, you can get a 10% discount on workers in free multi-point vehicle inspection and regular price services at any AAA approved auto repair facility.
Visit AAA.com/AutoRepair to find a nearby location.
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