Summer road trips are in full swing, but extreme heat can take a toll on your car’s most important systems.

 

Before you load up your luxury car or SUV follow these five tips to get to your summer vacay destination safely! 

Check Your Tires

High temperatures and hot asphalt is your tire’s worst enemy and overheated tires can lead to dangerous blowouts. As the temperature rises, the air pressure in your tires increases, causing them to explode. Over-inflation of tires could also interfere with braking and cause your tire to wear out prematurely.

 

During the summer heat, be sure to check that your tires are properly inflated. A standard passenger vehicle’s tires require 30-35 psi (pounds per square inch), but markings on your tires and your owners manual can provide specifics of your pressure range.

Check Your Coolant

It is pivotal to check the coolant fluid in your car during the summer months. Coolant keeps your car’s engine from overheating. If improper coolants are used or there is a coolant leak, the temperature of your vehicle’s engine can overheat and die. 

 

Follow these steps to check your car’s coolant level: 

  • Open the hood of your car and locate the radiator and coolant reservoir.
  • Undo the cap and check the coolant level shown by indicator lines on the reservoir. 
  • If the indicator lines reveal that the coolant is too low, add the appropriate amount of coolant to the reservoir. 
  • Reattach the cap.

 

If you’re not comfortable checking the coolant levels, or any other engine fluids, your nearest mechanic can help you top everything off. 

 

Additionally, it always helps to keep an eye on your temperature gauge, especially during the summer heat! 

Prevent UV Rays

On especially sunny days, try to park your car in the shade to keep it cool and prolong its life. This helps keep sun rays off of the exterior of your vehicle which can suffer from photodegradation. What essentially happens is that, when exposed to too much harsh sunlight, the chemical bonds are broken by the UV rays.

 

Hot days can also heat up the interior of your car like the steering wheel and leather seats. This can cause your leather to fade and draw moisture out of the fabric, which leads to cracking and warping. 

 

Putting a window shade in your car can help prevent the overheating of the interior when you are unable to park in the shade. 

Check Your Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is essential for the summer months, and you don’t know how much you need it until it goes out! Prevent air conditioning outages by checking for leaks in your AC system and adding refrigerant if needed. Adding a refrigerant, like Freon, can give your AC a boost and have you cooled off all summer long! 

 

If adding refrigerant doesn’t do the trick, a mechanic should be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

Follow Your Oil Change Schedule

By following your regular oil change schedule, your engine will be properly lubricated year-round. During summer months, we typically travel more, which means you may need oil changes more frequently. Oil and filter changes is one of the simplest ways to increase your car’s lifespan. If you neglect your oil changes, your car can develop costly problems, like particle buildup that could wear down vital parts of your engine. Change your oil every 5,000 miles or follow your car manufacturer’s oil maintenance guidelines.

 

Always use the recommended oil viscosity for your vehicle. When in doubt, ask an automobile technician to recommend an optimal oil for your car’s needs.

Keep Your Luxury Vehicle Beautiful Outside as Well as Under the Hood

You’ve taken care of what’s under the hood. Make sure the body of your luxury vehicle is as safe and gorgeous as the day you bought it. If it requires paint or body work, contact European Collision Repair. They are certified and trained to repair and restore your vehicle. Call to schedule an appointment or use our online or phone feature to start your free estimate now.