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08/09/2017
Rising summer temperatures don't only affect us humans, they can also take a toll on your car. To learn more about the effects the heat can have on your vehicle, keep reading.

How the Heat Affects Cars

Rising temperatures don't only mean trips to the beach, they can also cause serious side effects. For humans, this can lead to extreme sunburns and heat exhaustion. Believe it or not, your car may also suffer similar consequences if left out in the sun. To help keep your vehicle at its best, learn more about what the heat can mean for your car.

Take Care of the Interior

Parking your car in the sun leaves the exterior and parts of the cabin susceptible to damages. Much like a sunburn, leaving your car exposed to the sun can lead to your paint fading and even becoming cracked. Interior parts like the dashboard and seats can also fade and become dry after much exposure. Leather seats are especially susceptible to becoming dry, cracked, and worn if not taken care of properly. The best thing you can do to prevent all of this damage is park in shady areas or in a covered garage. Giving your car a new layer of wax will also protect it from the sun's UV rays. If you can't park in the shade, invest in a sun shield for your windshield. This will help keep interior damage to a minimum. It's also a good idea to use seat covers and leather conditioner to keep leather parts at their best.

Keep an Eye on Your Tires

Even if you're not big on science, it pays to know that heat makes air expand. What this means in terms of your tires is that higher temperatures can lead the air in your tires to expand. This leads to overinflated tires which are no good. Not only will you experience a reduction in traction, your tires will also be more prone to blowouts. This combined with the hot asphalt your tires are in constant contact with really leaves you in danger of a blowout. Ideally, you should be checking your tire pressure monthly. Use a pressure gauge to get an accurate reading and make adjustments as needed. To learn more about how the heat can affect your tires, check out this information.

Keep Your Engine Lubricated

Keeping your engine lubricated and working smoothly is part of your motor oil's job. Unfortunately, rising temperatures can make this a bit more challenging than usual. This is because hot temperatures can lead certain oils to evaporate and burn off much faster than usual. To prevent this from happening, stick to using a synthetic oil. Synthetic oils are known to perform better in all weather conditions, resisting evaporation and changes in viscosity much better than conventional oils. To learn more about the benefits of synthetic oil, click here. To keep your car running smoothly all year round, give it a synthetic oil change in Horsham. Contact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720 to find the perfect AMSOIL synthetic oil for your vehicle. Don't forget that you can browse their full range of products in their online shop.

Test Your Battery

Harsh winters are known to add extra strain on car batteries, but the summer can be just as bad. Don't be surprised if your battery suddenly dies this season. If you're taking longer car trips to the beach more often or blasting your air conditioning daily, remember that all of this can wear your battery down faster. The best thing you can do is be prepared to revive a dead battery. By this we mean always carry jumper cables in your car just in case. You never know where you will be when your battery reaches its end, but if you have jumper cables you can at least make it home.

Maintain Your Cooling System

Thanks to all the work and movement that goes on under the hood, your car reaches some pretty extreme temperatures. Luckily, your car is equipped with a cooling system that can regulate the heat. However, any issue in this system can lead to overheating and serious engine damage. If there is already a small issue, scorching temperatures can make it worse. Keep an eye on your cooling system and be sure you always have plenty of coolant in the reservoir. It's a good idea to carry an extra bottle in your trunk in case of an emergency. To learn more about how your cooling system works, check out this post.

Give Your Car a Synthetic Oil Change in Horsham

Contact the pros at Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720 to get expert help finding the perfect oil for your vehicle. You can also browse all of their AMSOIL Oil products at your convenience in their online shop.
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