The Indian subcontinent is known for its diverse weather conditions hitting different parts of the country over the different seasons. As car owners in India, we must be prepared for the chilling winters, scorching summers, and the torrential monsoons throughout the year. Staying ahead of the climate with your car requires a lot of hard work and is a constant effort to maintain your car. The weather and climate contributes to the general wear and tear of the car, for which proper maintenance is required.
We’re all familiar with summers in India. With temperatures in some parts of the country reaching as high as 48-degree Celsius, summers are a real test for us and our cars.
The present Summer season in India can get extremely hot with temperature in some parts, including many metropolitans, reaching as high as 48-degree Celsius. What’s worse is that if you park your car in open it is subjected to direct sunlight and results in wear and tear of the car. Needless to say, it can also destroy your family trip plans this summertime. So, before you hit the road or hook up that new boat, its time to review these summer car care tips.
Heat causes air to expand. The fluctuating air pressure in the tyres can cause you to over- or under-inflate the tyres, each introducing their own problems. The hot tarmac can also increase tyre degradation, so keeping an eye on the condition of the tyres is essential to staying in contact with the road. Always ensure that the tyres are in good condition before every drive.
In the scorching heat, car fluids keep the car’s internals from overheating. These fluids include the coolant and the engine oil, both of which need to be inspected. For the coolant, ensure the radiator is in good shape and the coolant fluids are topped off.
As the heat increases, you should keep a check on the engine oil levels. If the engine oil levels are low, it could lead to overheating in the summer heat. Maintaining the engine oil levels through the summer is a good car care habit.
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Park in the Shade
We know that this one tip is definitely easier said than being done. However, it would be better to find a shady spot and park your car there than park it under the scorching heat of the sun. The reason behind it is that all vehicles naturally trap heat, and your car will quickly turn into an oven when parked in direct sunlight. The cure for this would be a sun shield beneath the windshield which will eventually help to keep the in-car temperature low.
Just like we want to keep ourselves cooler in the summer, it is also important that we keep our cars cool in the summer. A check up of the air conditioning ducts and vents to ensure it is clean and free from debris. It is recommended to recharge the refrigerant of your car’s AC to ensure it provides ample cooling for the hot summer traffic.
If the interiors are not clean, the heat can cause unwanted odors from your trash take over the ambience of your car. To maintain the hygiene of the car it is advised to vacuum the car seat upholstery, dashboard, cup holders and floor at least once a week, to get rid of food debris and dust.
The car should be cleaned routinely. A water wash once every week is a good idea. It’s better to clean the car to keep it fresh throughout the summer.
Also Read: How to Clean the Interior of Your Car
Check on your own health too
It is advised to avoid driving during extremely hot days. Furthermore, keep yourself hydrated and parch your throat at all times. Carry at least a couple of water bottles whenever you are going anywhere or travelling. If you drink a minimum of two glasses of water every hour while driving, it will help you to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.
The summer months in India can be unforgiving and it is always advised to be prepared for the worst instead of dealing with the worst at the wrong time. You diligence before and during the summer months will keep your car in prime shape while ensuring the negative effects of the heat are reduced to a minimum.