Planet Ford’s Hot Weather Car Care Tips

2013-7-24-14-39-30The temperatures are still sky high and not likely to give us much relief anytime soon in Spring. So, our team at Randall Reed’s Planet Ford (serving The Woodlands, Conroe, Aldine and the greater Houston area) has some quick hot weather car tips to keep in mind this summer season.

Maintenance Matters
This may go without saying, but make sure you do all of your regular scheduled maintenance — from oil changes to filter changes. Many dealerships and service stations, including ours, conduct a general check of various components such as tires, brakes, etc. Make sure to ask if that is available to ensure your car, truck or SUV is in overall general good health.

Under Pressure
Your tires are the only thing between you and the road, so it’s key to make sure they are in good shape and that they are properly aired up as well. See your manual or tire instructions and adhere to the suggested air pressure. It not only helps the life of the tire and can help improve the quality of your vehicle’s ride and the overall MPG.

Interior Protection
Car shades and window tint also play a role in maintaining you vehicle after months of warm weather. These can help reduce the temp inside the car, which can reach upwards of 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit on a 90-100 degree F summer day. Furthermore, more comfortable driving environments can help reduce fatigue of the driver.

Summer-car-maintenance-tipsdKeep Cool
Engines have to work extra hard during the summer months. Without proper cooling system maintenance, you car becomes more at risk for long term engine damage. Engine coolant should be changed roughly 30,000 miles, though you should be safe up to 50,000 if you have a modern car using modern coolant formulas.

Battery Basics
Over time, the heat can do a real number on your battery. So while you may think that heat won’t last much longer, the same may be true for your battery. It’s a good idea to get your battery checked every couple months. Remember to keep your battery clean, as dirt can become a conductor that will ultimately drain power from your battery.

Be Prepared
It’s a fact of life, breakdowns happen. From tire mishaps to dead batteries, it’s always good to have an emergency road kit on hand. Some basic items include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, coolant, and a first aid kit.

When in doubt, bring your car in and let our team at Planet Ford check it out. Visit us online at www.PlanetFord45.com to schedule an appointment!

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