Every summer around the end of June an interesting phenomenon happens in the Northern Hemisphere. The days get longer, kids aren’t confined in school, and it gets hot; i mean like really hot. Summer is still here, and the prospect of 90 degree days (or hotter) is still in our foreseeable future. After all, summer does not officially end for another 43 days! Last week we focused on the dangers of leaving a child in a hot vehicle, and this week we would like to focus on how to keep yourself, and your vehicle, in top shape. Let’s look at 2 very common questions we receive here at our dealership:
What is the best way to cool off my hot car, or make it more comfortable?
- Crank up the AC
Crank that AC up the second you start the car! To maximize how quickly you can cool off, be sure to turn the settings for the air to blow at your legs, and turn circulation OFF. Since heat rises, this ensures the cool air is pushing all that hot air up. Crack the windows for awhile to let the heat vent out, and you’ll notice your car cooling off very quickly!
- Park your Car in the Shade
Direct sunlight can leave your car sizzling (especially if you have leather!) Try to park your car in a parking garage, or under an overhang or tree to get some shade. If there is no shade around, you can purchase UV Shades for your front and rear windows. Not only will this keep the sun out, but protect your car’s interior from harmful UV rays.
- Crack Open your Windows while Parked
All that heat in your car is the result of stored energy with nowhere to go… like keeping the door shut on an oven. Leave your windows open half an inch to provide some ventilation, and you will notice your car is considerably cooler the next time you get inside. It is not a substantial difference, but cracking your window will help ventilate some of the hot air. Just be sure to check the weather report so that one of those fast moving summer storms doesn’t catch you with your car windows down!
- Throw in the Towel!
Keep a spare towel in your car to sit on to keep your bare skin off of those hot seats. In addition, you can use the towel as a wash rag if needed to clean the outside of your car or any spills that may occur.
Now that you have some answers on how to deal with that hot car, what can you do to keep the car itself in good shape through those long hot summer days?
- Get your Car Inspected
Extreme heat can cause problems, or make existing problems even worse for your vehicle. The heat can cause your tires to deflate quicker, belts and hoses to crack, and your battery to drain. Our certified technicians can perform a full inspection, as well as oil change as part of The Works™ package!
- Pay Attention to your Warning lights and Notifications
If your battery light stays on, you may have an alternator issue. Air conditioners take a lot out of your alternator, and are notorious causes of a battery light staying on in the summer. If you are concerned, once again have your car inspected to see what needs to be done, but DO NOT continue to drive too long or the alternator may go out completely.
- Check your Coolants
Make sure your vehicles coolant is properly filled. If the coolant isn’t full, this can spell major problems for your engine, causing it to overheat and break down. If your coolant is low here are some tips on how to fill it.
- Lose Some Weight
No we aren’t calling telling you to go on a diet. Carrying around a lot of heavy objects in your car can really overwork your transmission. Be sure to only carry around the objects you will absolutely need, and try to keep your vacation loads to a bare minimum. Nothing is more likely to spoil your vacation, than a bill for a new transmission.
- Protect your Interior and Exterior
As stated above, UV radiation can do a number on your car’s interior which is one reason to park in the shade The sun can also damage your exterior too! Use sealant or wax on the exterior, and a fabric protector on the interior.
Summer is as inevitable as death and taxes. Fortunately, with a little preparation and our tips it doesn’t have to be as painful (or permanent). Being prepared is the easiest and most cost effective solution to dealing with the heat. Be sure to take these precautions, and if you need an inspection schedule one with our Quick Lane or service department today! And if the heat is really truly bothering you, just imagine how much you’ll miss summer when its 10 degrees below zero this winter!
Court Street Ford, located at 558 William Latham Drive, is a multi-year president’s award winning dealership. We have been serving the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais area for 30 years and counting! We are committed to exceptional customer service. Stop by our dealership, or give us a call at (815) 939-9600. Our knowledgeable sales team and service department will be happy to help and are dedicated to providing the best experience.