Is your vehicle Arizona Summer Ready
Is your vehicle Arizona Summer Ready? The hot heat of the Arizona summer is just around the corner. That means a plethora of cars stranded on the side of the road with shredded up tires, over heating engines and the occasional car-becue. The best way to prevent a major mishap on the roads this summer is to get your car prepped and ready to drive in the heat. These are all the things you should do in order to get your car road ready in the hot Arizona summer heat.
Believe it or not, the highway temperatures on Arizona roads can reach a staggering 135 degrees fahrenheit. Checking your tire pressure, tread and wear is important to do before the heat hits all summer long.
Consider this, a tire that is under-inflated will use more tread to grip the surface of the road. This will cause excess friction and before you know it, your tires will be overheating. A hot tire can literally melt the area between the base layer of rubber and tread. This is called tire separation and is extremely dangerous as it will cause the layers of the tire to come apart. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help prevent this from happening.
There’s also danger with overinflated tires. With every increase in temperature of 10 degrees, your tire’s PSI goes up one degree. When tires are overinflated they have less grip on the road causing uneven wear and another potentially dangerous situation.
The heat of the summer can also dry your tires out and remove the natural oils found in tires. This is another way cracks can form in your tires, even if your car is just sitting in your driveway.
Change your oil
No matter where you live, changing your oil on time is a basic and important maintenance requirement for your car. In general, the rule is to change your oil every 3 months or every 3000 miles.
In Arizona, it is more important during the summer heat because there is more dirt and dust going into the intake. This breaks down the viscosity of the oil and eventually can erode piston rings and seals. Even if you choose synthetic oil, you do not want to push your car longer in the summer months.
Overheating cars are the results of a breakdown in cooling systems. Keep an eye on your temperature gauges and a nose out for strange odors. Keeping coolant and water in your car is a great idea, and constantly checking hoses for cracks is also great. However, if your car is prone to issues with the cooling system, be sure to have it checked and fixed before the temperatures begin to spike. You do not want to be caught on the side of the road this summer with a smoking car.
It is not just your oil that gets filled with dirt and dust. Air filters are also prone to get clogged with dirt as well, which can lead right into the engine. Your car’s air filters should be checked often and changed when necessary. Since some cold-air intake filters cannot be replaced, they may need a good cleaning out.
Ideally, you do not want your gas gauge to drop below a ¼ of a tank in the summer months. You will definitely be sucking up more gas as you blast the cold a/c all summer long. The point is, you don’t want to get stuck in a traffic jam while you use more a/c and drain the gas tank. Just be careful.
Keeping eyes on your battery is another important part of getting your car Arizona summer ready. A low battery is another dangerous game you do not want to play. If you have noticed dim headlights or clicking sounds when you turn the key in the ignition, get your car’s battery checked ASAP.
Lastly, you need a little more than just the mechanics of your car prepped for the Arizona summer heat. You want to be prepared for an emergency in case anything does get missed, or should you have an accident. Ideally, you want to keep your car stocked with a first-aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, non-perishable food, an extra phone charger and fresh water.
This year, as the temps rise and the summer gets hot in Arizona, you want your car as prepared as possible. Breaking down on the side of the road is not only not fun, it is dangerous in the extreme heat. Get your car prepared and take the proper steps to being ready for anything the roads throw at you.