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    How to keep things cool – for yourself and your car – when the sun is out and blazing

    Published On Jun 12, 2023 04:39:00 PM

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    The heat is on everyone’s mind. We just can’t stop talking about how hot it is. The thing with heat is – it’s as bad for our cars as it is for us. In the long run, exposure to intense temperatures could be detrimental to the well-being of your car. It’s important to take a few additional measures during summer to ensure the longevity and reliability of your car. Here, then, are some tips that will ensure both you and your car keep your cool. 

    Drop in for a service camp

    • Most manufacturers run service camps right before or during summers – make it a point to sign up for one. The procedure involves a lot more than just servicing the air-conditioner. Of course, the primary goal for most people is to get the air conditioning to work better, as it takes the most load on hot days. Keep a tab on what’s happening under the hood and also check the coolant level/condition. Replacing the AC filter is a must as it not only keeps the cabin cooler but also helps in circulating clean air instead of dust. It’s advisable to get the air condenser cleaned as well.
    Air conditioners shoulder the burden of keeping you cool, so ensure they are in top shape.
    • Spending money on coolants is a good idea during summers as it’s one of the important fluids to get through the season. You’ll notice that a lot more vehicles break down along the highways due to engine overheating. Most of them end up in the situation owing to low coolant level or bad quality coolant.
       
    • Pay particular attention to engine oil, especially if you own an older make. The heat makes your car literally gulp it down, so make sure that the oil levels are topped up. Also, get the power steering, brake and transmission fluids checked.
    Invest in a high quality coolant and maintain recommended levels.
    • New-age cars come equipped with zero-maintenance batteries; but if your car comes with a battery that needs regular distilled water top-ups, check fluid levels more often during summer. Excessive heat reduces battery life by causing the fluid inside to evaporate quicker. 
    • Having a light-coloured cabin helps during summers as it does not absorb heat, but a darker cabin is always easier to maintain. Whatever the colour, always make sure to get it cleaned thoroughly at the service centre.

    Plan your road trips

    • Planning is key when it comes to road trips. Start early so that you not only beat the traffic but arrive at your destination early. Driving when traffic is sparse not only keeps engine stress under check but also leads to lower fuel consumption. Don’t forget to shut the sunroof blinds, even when you’re on the move.
    It is recommended to check tyre pressures when the tyres are running cold.
    • Despite being one of the most essential components of a vehicle and the only link between it and the road, tyres are one of the most neglected parts of a car. Make sure you keep the tyre pressures in check with what the manufacturer recommends as poor inflation can take a heavy toll on the rubber. It not only destroys the sidewall, but even leads to tyre bursts. Also, preferably check tyre pressures when the tyres are cold.

    A shade better

    • It is recommended to park the car in the shade throughout its lifetime, but it’s of paramount importance in the summer. Always find a safe and shaded spot for your vehicle and roll down all windows slightly to aid cross-ventilation.
    Roll the windows down just a touch if you’re parking in a safe environment. This will aid in cross-ventilation.
    • Budgeting for a good quality sunshade for both windscreens is a great idea too as it not only protects the cabin from heating up, but also limits wear due to heat. Remember to use it only when the car is parked though as it’s illegal when the vehicle is on the move.
    Make sure to use window sun shades, if available.
    • Lastly, before you hit the road again, roll down the windows after entering the car so that the heat can escape. This should be done even before you turn the AC on. Once done, toggle the fan to the highest setting and wait for a few minutes. Once the cabin temperature matches the ambient temperature, you’re ready to switch the AC on.

    Preparing your car for the scorching heat will not only make your life better, but it will also keep your car running happily in the long run. Happy driving!

     

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