How To Protect Your Car From The Summer Weather

Your car isn’t just an intricately designed chunk of metal, plastic, and rubber to get you from A to B; it’s an investment that makes your life easier gives you the freedom to roam as you please. As much as we all love the warmer season of the year, the effect the sun can slowly but surely have on your vehicle may surprise and shock you. If you don’t take the proper precautions, your engine, tyres, cooling system and interior can wither away and start to malfunction. Just like our skin needs protection, your car does too, and on days where the temperatures reach up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, you can’t expect your car to behave normally. While the damage and erosion of quality may not be immediately apparent, over time serious problems can occur that will last beyond the summer months. For this reason, taking care before certain issues can take hold will prevent you from losing money in repairs.

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Remaining mechanically sound

You’ll notice on a hot day, the cooling system in your car will be working overtime as the hot weather overloads the average mechanical design to dissipate heat from under the bonnet. Make sure that the belt doesn’t become loose as the heat will expand the rubber, potentially causing the belt to fall off when the engine revs high. Coolant is just one fluid that needs to be topped up before setting off for any lengthy journey, engine oil is the blood of your car, and it needs to be measured regularly. A good engine oil, won’t be affected by the heat too much, and won’t become thinner abating the moving parts from grinding against each other, reducing the chance of a breakdown. Transmission fluid performs a similar duty to the engine oil but is solely responsible for keeping your gearbox in good working order. If the fluid begins to evaporate, the gears will jam so don’t overlook it; equally, concern yourself with the brake and power steering fluids for the same reasons.

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Gremlins in the system

Dirt can be picked up from anywhere; you don’t need to dry through a field for guck and grit to form a fortification in the most difficult of areas in your car. Particularly, the brakes can be affected as the warmer temperatures come into play, the heat can dry and lodge dried slime and bits of tarmac in between the brake caliper and tyre. Ever heard the screeching sound, even when applying the brake in a soft manner? That’s the much and dirt stopping the brake pads from gaining a full grip on the tyre and creating pockets of obstacles between to two. The screeching noise is the sound of compressed air, as the air flow disrupts what should be an airtight seal when pushing the brake pedal. Perhaps you have bought a four-wheel drive car because you live in a messy area, which has trees that shed leaves regularly, fields that are used a lot, so soil and mud are kicked out into the street.

Over time this can have an adverse affect on your braking distance as a result of worn out brakes. Improving performance requires high-quality mechanics like a subaru parts dealer who also supplies parts with a 3-year warranty. An authorized dealer only sells genuine manufacturer parts and can fit them at the moment of purchase. They also have other accessories that come with the same service. Contrary to popular belief, unlike the grill which also has detailed designs for air flow channels, the brakes must not be soaped and or shampooed. You musn’t lubricate the brakes as this will cause them to slide and lose their effectiveness. However, a good, high-pressure hosing of the tyre, wheel nuts, brake pads, calipers, wishbone, suspension and even the axle will prevent gunk from building up and impeding performance.

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Aesthetics of the interior

Reflective strips along the top of the windscreen can look goofy, but the play a vital role in keeping the fabric or leather inside your car, from damage by the sun. Ultraviolet light can bleach your interior, just like it can to your clothes; the seat coverings will fade over time, reducing the car’s appeal. It’s called photodegradation, and basically means the radiation of the sun rays, chips away at the pigment which over time, will result in the coloration becoming dull. You can put seat covers in your car, but that might be uncomfortable as another layer is the last thing you need when trying to stay cool on long journeys. Instead, you should pull your sun visor down when parking the car, and make use of a leather polisher to feed your seats and stop them from cracking. However, a bit of common sense will lead you to find a parking spot in the shade, avoiding the need to go the extra mile; but there isn’t always a space unoccupied under a tree so make the extra effort anyway.

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Paint sun damage

Akin to human skin, paint stretches and contracts, although minutely, and you’re not the only one who needs to bathe to replenish your surface. Wash your car with a wash and wax formula that will have detergents to slap away bird excrement stains, oil flicks, grease and salts that kick up from the road. Do it the old fashioned way as a hands-on approach is more bespoke than a high-pressure wash at the gas station. You’ll get to know the nooks and crannies, spot where the dirt hides if you wash your car with a cotton cleaning mitten or even just a foam sponge.  It should go without saying, but dry the car yourself. Leaving the water to evaporate naturally will leave trickle marks and mineral residues. Over time this will eat away at your paint and pierce through to the foundation level, exposing the metal to the elements and allow rust a way in. Applying a good quality wax will form a layer on top of the paint, which means the rain, sunlight and any dirt of grime from the road and elements, will be absorbed by the wax; keeping the foundation and paint happy and healthy.

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