Warm weather is coming soon. As the temperature creeps up, it’s vital not to underestimate how extreme heat can affect your car. No it’s not summer yet, but by the time it rolls around, it’s a good idea to be prepared. With the extreme temperatures Southern California can experience during the year, no one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in a broken down vehicle. One important way to keep your car running smoothly at its best is to check the coolant levels, and for that matter all liquid levels.
Keep Your Car Hydrated
The cooling system is responsible for keeping your engine cool. Ensuring that the coolant is kept full and checking over the system when it’s in for service is crucial to keeping your engine running. Today’s modern coolants can last a long time (up to 100,000 miles!) but it should still be checked and changed when necessary. As long as you’re under the hood, it’s always a good idea to make sure all your fluids are at the proper levels, since improper fluid levels can impact your engine’s ability to cool itself. Heat is one of the major factors in battery breakdown and failure! In addition to coolant, be sure to check:
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
Any of these checks can be performed during regular maintenance, but if there is a specific concern, let your service professional know when you stop in.
Last, did you know the cooling system works hand in hand with A/C system? Always make sure you’re A/C system is ready for summer weather by having it checked, especially if it’s not performing properly. If the A/C isn’t blasting like it used to, it could be that the refrigerant level is low or another issue.
As always, make sure your car’s being looked after by a trained professional so that your car’s always staying cool (under the hood and inside the cabin!) when it needs to be.