Summer in Manassas has arrived, and many drivers are gearing up to hit the road for family vacations and holidays. To stay safe during your summer travel adventures in Virginia, it is important to be aware of how warm weather can impact your vehicle’s performance and drivability. Here are some of the main ways that the summer heat can affect your new vehicle:
On a hot day, your vehicle’s cooling system has to work harder to prevent your engine from overheating. To prevent your vehicle from overheating in hot summer weather, you should maintain your cooling system and make sure that your coolant fluid is always at the proper level. If your coolant needs to be refilled, a 50:50 mixture of water and coolant will ensure that your system is operating effectively.
In hot weather, your battery can begin to lose its charge. The summer heat can cause your battery fluid to evaporate, which will cause damage and corrosion to the internal parts of your battery. To make sure that your battery is ready for all of your summer travels, you should make sure that its fluids are at the proper level. You should also clean the exterior of the battery and make sure that the battery terminals are free of corrosion or debris.
Your vehicle’s tires require extra maintenance during the heat of summer. When the air temperature heats up, the internal pressure of your tires will go up. This extra tire pressure can make you more susceptible to a blowout. Before you head out on a long drive, make sure that your tires are properly rotated and inflated to the factory recommended pressure.
For more summer car care maintenance tips, contact Brown’s Manassas Kia. Our service department will provide your Kia vehicle with expert service and maintenance during every season of the year. If you are in the market for a new vehicle to take on your summer driving adventures, contact our Kia dealership in Manassas by calling (571) 383-2039.