Living in Texas in the summertime is no joke! It is also no joking matter when it comes to taking care of your vehicle for the summer months ahead. There are a few things to take into consideration when it comes to preparing your vehicle for the summer. The Texas summer heat can be especially brutal to a vehicle unless it’s properly maintained and prepared. Your vehicle is working overtime in the summer months, so it’s important to know how to prepare your vehicle for these hot conditions.
- GET YOUR VEHICLE’S AC SERVICED.
During the summer, a vehicle left in the sun is much hotter than it is on the outside. When left outside, the vehicle can heat up fast! The sun hits portions such as the dashboard, steering wheel, and upholstery that can easily reach temperatures up to 150 degrees. On average, the inside of your vehicle can heat up 19 degrees after being in the sun for ten minutes. It becomes harder to cool down your vehicle when the temperature goes up, so it is important to take the right precautions to prevent the AC from going out in your vehicle. Invest in one of those spiffy sunshades. It will help keep the direct sunlight off of your dash and lessens the chances of you burning your palms on the wheel.
- CHANGE THE OIL ON TIME AND ADJUST THE VISCOSITY AS NEEDED.
Viscosity refers to the thickness of the oil. For example, honey has a higher viscosity than water. This is how engine oils are sold. Most of the oils are multi-viscous, which means that the thickness of the oil can change depending on the temperature. The warmer the oil is, the thinner it will usually be. When the oil is too thin, your vehicle may not get the proper lubrication that it requires. Solving this issue is an easy fix. Get the oil changed to one that is a little thicker than the one that you were using during the winter months.
In order to determine what type of oil your vehicle should use during the summer months, you should consult your owner’s manual. The manual lists the ideal oil recommendations for certain climates of the year. If you are unsure about which type of oil and the viscosity of the oil to put in your vehicle, be sure to ask one of our service advisors!
- CHECK THE PRESSURE OF YOUR TIRES.
Having properly inflated tires is important not just during the summertime, but all year round because this guarantees the best possible contact between your vehicle’s tires and the road. The proper tire pressure can be found in the owner’s manual. It might be necessary to compensate for the hotter weather. This is especially important when you take a vacation and will be doing a lot of driving. Not having properly inflated tires can negatively impact fuel mileage. Another thing to keep in mind is that driving with tires that are improperly inflated, you run the risk of having a blow-out. What’s worse than having a blow out? Having to change a blown out tire during rush hour traffic in July. Been there. Done that. No thanks!
Keep checking the blog this summer for easy ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly. As always, if you have any questions about your vehicle, please don’t hesitate to give our Service department a call!