• Check Your Battery
If you have an older vehicle or you’ve had your battery for more than three years, you should have it tested. While it is common to hear of car battery failure during the cold winter months, heat is just as hard on your battery. Warmer temperatures can evaporate battery fluid, causing damage to internal plates and speeding up corrosion.
• Top Off Or Change Fluids
Engine fluids are a key component in keeping your car running during the summer months. When fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is decreased and could result in overheating. Check your vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. Refer to your owner’s manual for recommended fluid type.
• Check Engine Belts And Hoses For Cracks And Wear
Look for leaks and feel to determine if the hoses are firm and pliable. Pay special attention to places where hoses are connected and clamped. Do not attempt to touch any hoses or belts after you have been driving your vehicle, as they will be hot and could cause burns and serious injury.
• Cool Your Engine
Your engine works extra hard during the summer and relies on the cooling system to protect it from overheating. To keep your cooling system in good working condition, you should flush your system and replace the coolant as recommended by the manufacturer. Engine coolant can become contaminated and its protective additives can lose their effectiveness.
You can also try using a radiator coolant additive, such as Purple Ice by premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple. Purple Ice is designed to improve your engine’s performance, help prevent overheating and keep the system clean. Plus, it’s compatible to use with antifreeze or straight water.
For more information, visit www.royalpurple.com.