Maintenance tips for your car in the Phoenix heat

Maintenance tips for your car in the Phoenix heat

Let’s face it, most places in the United States do not get as hot at Phoenix. This means we have to do things a little differently, especially when it comes to our car’s maintenance in the summer heat. Think about it, how many places can you think of where you can cook an egg on the sidewalk in July?

Keeping your car running in the heat is very important, and there are few extra precautions you can take to be sure you don’t get stranded without a/c or without a car at all. These are the tops maintenance tips for your car in the Phoenix heat.

Check your tires

Have you ever noticed that more cars get flat tires in the summer (or all the extra rubber tire treads spread across the highways)? That’s because people are not paying close enough attention to their tire pressure and tread.

As the temperature rises in Phoenix, your tires begin to expand. This can cause too much pressure for them to handle. When checking for pressure, you want to also inspect your tires for rotting, cracks and the tread life. If this sounds like too much for you to handle, you can always pull up to a Discount Tire Store for an air check.

 

Keep an eye on your fluids

Just like you need to keep your body extra hydrated in the heat, your car is no different. Levels of coolant, oil, power steering, brake and even windshield washer fluid are important to check all summer long. Some only require a visual of the container, while the oil needs a dipstick check.

Do not be afraid to get in touch with a mechanic if your levels keep dropping. You might have a leak somewhere, and fixing it sooner than later is always your best bet.

 

Battery life

You might be surprised to find that your car’s battery is dirty and corroding. Keeping a clean battery will help greatly. When your car is slow to start up, it has a foul smell, or the engine light comes on, then you definitely need a visit with your mechanic.

Oil Changes

The rule of thumb for oil changes has always been 3 months or 3,000 miles. Sticking closer to the amount of miles you drive over the length of time is a bit more important. Stay on top of your oil changes in the Phoenix heat for better gas mileage and overall health of your car’s engine.

The Air Filter

Dust and sand will clog up your air filter, fast! A dirty air filter will slow your car’s acceleration, possibly make strange noises when idling, and even cause exhaust emissions and car backfiring. Changing the air filter can be a quick fix for a variety of heat related car issues.

Belts and Hoses

As you can imagine, the Phoenix heat does a number on your car’s belts and hoses. The heat can cause dry rot, cracks or other issues. Take a quick look yourself to see if anything appears out of the ordinary. Especially if your engine is making any type of strange noise, get it in for tune up.

Don’t forget about the timing belt either. You may want a thorough inspection done by your mechanic for that as well.

Brakes

Perhaps one of the most important parts of your car is the brakes. For obvious reasons, it is very dangerous to ignore any issues with your car’s brakes. Your brakes can rust, become uneven, or have grooves in the discs. If you do not know how to check your brakes and brake pads, get your car in for an inspection

Keep your car washed

It doesn’t sound much like maintenance, but in Phoenix washing your car regularly is very important. It helps keep the dust and dirt out of important parts of your car. A washed car reduces the chances of rust, dry rot and other heat related issues. The good news is that several places around the valley offer monthly, unlimited washes that help keep your car cleaned as often as you like.

Final Thoughts

Driving a car in the Phoenix heat is a little different than most other places across the country. When you keep your car’s maintenance a priority you are less likely to be sitting on the side of the road with a flat tire, driving around without a/c or grounded altogether. Keep a closer eye on your car’s mechanical issues in the summer and you will save yourself from bigger hassles.

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