We all know how blistering hot it can get in Louisiana during the summer time, and getting into a hot car is never fun. You burn your legs on your hot leather seats, you feel like you need to wear oven mitts to touch your steering wheel and your dripping sweat before you even start your car! Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems. All Star Kia East is here with some awesome summer tech tips to make sure your car is in perfect condition for the hot Louisiana weather.
Cars are designed to run hot, but there’s a limit to how hot they should run. If an engine gets too hot, it can cause moving metal parts to melt and fuse together, causing a variety of internal problems for your engine. Luckily, all modern cars have an ingenious cooling system that uses a chemical coolant, called antifreeze, and a series of pumps, hoses, thermostats and fans to keep the car at its optimal running temperature. But any problems with this system – low coolant levels, cracked hoses, lose or broken belts, a leak in the radiator or even a loose or missing radiator cap can cause your car to overheat and break down.
- The summertime is tough on cooling systems. Sitting in traffic on a hot day is one of the quickest ways to overheat your car. This is because there’s no air flowing across the engine to help keep it cool. A well-tuned cooling system can take long idles in hot weather, but if you have low coolant levels or a busted fan belt, your engine temperature is going to go up, and fast.
- Check under the hood and make sure that your coolant levels are fine. The general rule is to flush your radiator and add new coolant at least every two years. Flushing the radiator is done with a special chemical that cleans debris and build-up on the inside of the radiator. For summer driving, coolant should be added as a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. You can even buy premixed coolant so you don’t have to bother with the measurements!
Parking your vehicle directly in the sun’s heat is not the best option, but sometimes it’s the only option. To help keep your vehicle cool against the heat, a sunshade is a great investment! They are designed for your front and back windows. They look like aluminum foil stretched across the inside of your windshield. This will help to keep your legs from burning when you sit on those leather seats.
All the pollen, dirt, and rain during the summer makes for a dirty windshield. You’re going to want to make sure your windshield wipers are in mint condition. They should be replaced every six months to a year, depending on the brand. You’ll know when to replace them when they start to squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing your driving visibility. This causes a safety hazard to others and yourself. If you are encountering these problems please come by All Star Kia East or call (855) 981-1838, our service team would be happy to help you out.
All Star Kia East is a proud member of the All Star Automotive Group, and carries the Kia line of products; which are some of the most reliable and dependable vehicles in the world. We serve the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas as well as Denham Springs, Walker, Addis, Central, Baker, Prairieville, Gonzales, Hammond, Port Allen, Plaquemine, White Castle and Lafayette. If you are in the market for a Kia, come by our Dealership at 13000 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge and experience Sales, Parts and Service that is really All Star!
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