Tips from Triple A to keep your car running cool in hot temps
With the weather forecast calling for temperatures in the 90’s and 80’s for the next several days, AAA has some hot tips for motorists during the first heat wave of the season.
AAA recommends drivers check these five key areas to help their vehicle safely survive higher temperatures:
1. Battery • Securely mount the battery in place to minimize vibration. • Clean any corrosive build up from the battery terminals and cable clamps. • Ensure the clamps are tight enough that they will not move.• If a car’s battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested by a trained technician to determine how much longer it will last. • The test can be performed at any AAA Approved Auto Repair facility, or AAA members can request a AAA Mobile Battery Service technician come to them and test their battery free of charge. • Should the battery need replacement, the technician can usually replace it on location. For more information on the AAA Mobile Battery Service visit AAA.com/Battery.
2. Engine Coolant• Have the system flushed and the coolant replaced periodically as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. • Consult the owner’s manual to determine the service interval appropriate for a vehicle.• Inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition.• Replace worn parts.
3. Tires• Check tires when the car has not been driven recently.• Inflate tires to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer—not the number molded into the tire sidewall. • Inspect the tire treads for adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.
4. Engine Fluids• Check all vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to ensure they are filled to the appropriate levels. • If any fluids need to be topped off, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual.
5. Air Conditioning• Maintain a comfortable driving environment to reduce fatigue and increase driver alertness for increased vehicle safety.• Have the air conditioning system checked by a certified technician.