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4 Warm Weather Vehicle Maintenance Tips
Posted on 06/10/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
Now that the warm weather has kicked in, it’s important to take extra precaution to avoid heat-related vehicle breakdowns. As the temperatures rise, your vehicles can suffer. Not only can the heat affect vehicle performance, but also the interior and exterior finishes of your car. In order to keep your vehicles off the side of the road, preventive maintenance is crucial. The four main areas to pay close attention to during the hot summer months are batteries, tires, radiators and air conditioners.
Here are 4 maintenance tips to help keep your vehicles running smoothly as the mercury rises:
Battery: Since extreme heat can speed up internal corrosion, it’s important to clean up the battery connections by removing any corrosion, lead oxidation, paint or rust from the top of the battery.
Tires: Tire care is critical in warm weather because long trips, heavy loads, high speeds and rising temperatures all add additional stress on your tires. Since heat raises tire pressure, it’s important to check your tires regularly and be sure they are properly inflated before each trip.
Radiator: Be sure to check hoses, belts and coolant levels. Hot weather can lead to the coolant in your engine becoming low. Belts stretch and hoses deteriorate with age, only worsening when combined with high heat.
- Air Conditioning: When you can’t take the heat, you probably turn the air conditioning on full blast. Since this puts extra strain on the cooling system, it’s important to get your air conditioning checked to make sure it’s working properly.
With a GPS fleet tracking solution, you can use automated maintenance scheduling to ensure maintenance is occurring on schedule. This allows you to catch and fix any vehicle issues before they become more severe. You can use automated maintenance scheduling to keep up with maintenance and prolong the life of your vehicles all year round.