7 simple tips to keep your car cool this summer

Jun 09, 2017 | Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
It's getting hotter and hotter in the Philippines with the temperature in Manila even reaching up to 40 Celsius degree. We believe these 7 simple hacks will help protect your beloved vehicle from the summer heat.

1. Apprehend the culprits

a thermometer in the summer heat

The car will be put into a dilemma by extreme heat during the summer months

The drivers should know that their car will be put into a dilemma by extreme heat during the summer months. For instance, elevated temperatures will make the cabin overheat. Meanwhile, humidity in the air, caused by summer heat, is the culprit leading to the thick fog to car windows then affecting driver’s visibility accordingly.
 

2. Protect car engine

In summer, one of the vehicle’s parts which is easily influenced by the heat is the engine. It can stop operating anytime when you are driving under the effect of overheating. That leads to the inconvenience, towing expenses or even danger for drivers.
 
A car mechanic is checking the engine bay

One of the vehicle's parts which is easily influenced by the heat is the engine

There are some solutions for this case that will be very simple to follow. At first, make sure that the mechanical condition of the engine must be in pretty good working order. Next, you can easily cool down the engine if the water pump is placed on “normal”. In addition, ensure that the correct belt tension is always offered to proper function.

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3. Clean air conditioning system

Obviously, the car’s air conditioning system will make passengers in car feel more comfortable, especially in summer. Nevertheless, if it has not been carefully cleaned, it will not be cooling right. Therefore, make certain to clean the air-conditioner regularly following the Preventive Maintenance Schedule, or PMS, set by car manufacturers.

Furthermore, it’s a smart choice to use only refrigerants that are standard and recommended. Last but not least, remember to check AC filters because it will keep the car's ventilation and air conditioning system working properly.

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car’s air conditioner is being cleaned

Make sure to clean car’s air conditioner regularly 

 

4. Check oils and fluids

Every car needs motor oils and fluids to keep the engine running smoothly. As a result, drivers must check or even replace them frequently. You need to look under the hood and carefully check engine oil’s color. In case you find the fluids darker than usual, you must immediately use the new oil for replacement.

It’s also an important preventive measure to check and top-up the brake, clutch, power steering, transmission and differential fluids frequently before going on long drives.
 
The drive is checking motor oils and fluids

Every car needs motor oils and fluids to keep the car engine running smoothly
 

5. Remember battery

It is a misconception to believe that car batteries suffer more in cold weather. In fact, "summer heat is the real culprit," said Rich White, Executive Director of Car Care Council. "Many battery problems start long before the temperatures drop. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life."

Normally, the battery is filled with fluids that evaporates faster than usual when the temperature rises. This is the reason why it is easy to break down in the summer. To prevent it from overcharging or overheating as well as prolonging its life, be sure to charge it at the correct rate, clean the dirt and grease on top.
 


How to keep car cool in summer 

 

6. Remain a right tire pressure

A car mechanic is inflating car tire

It's of paramount importance to inflate the tires correctly

The tires is the first part of the car to react to the high mixing (reaction) temperatures absorbed by asphalt roads. To keep a smooth ride, it's of paramount importance to inflate the tires correctly. You should not forget to check and adjust tire inflation pressures based on the information found in the maintenance or car-care section of the car’s owner's manual.


7. "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure"

This quotation is also very appropriate to your car. In any circumstances, keep in mind that the Preventive Maintenance Schedule set by the distributor-seller is the key to keep the vehicle running well on the road.
Don’t forget that the brakes, lights, oil, water, battery, air and gas must be religiously followed. Let do these basic principles of procurement as a habit.
 
The information found in the maintenance or car-care section of the car’s owner's manual

Don’t forget to check and adjust tire inflation pressures
 
>>> ​To read more useful tips and advice of driving in various conditions, please click here.