With the sweltering days of summer nearly here, AAA reminds motorists that high temperatures can take their toll on people, animals, and even cars. Extreme heat can push a vehicle past its limits, and once again this year some drivers will find themselves stranded at the roadside.
“While many drivers think about the importance of readying their vehicle for cold weather in winter, AAA actually receives more calls for help from members in the summer,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “A few preventive maintenance steps can help keep your vehicle running smoothly.”
- Vibration & heat are a battery’s two worst enemies. Make sure your battery is securely mounted in place to minimize vibration. Auto parts stores sell inexpensive "vibration dampeners" (rubber mat) that you place into the tray beneath your battery.
- Clean corrosive buildup (white sticky powder) from your battery terminals & clamps (wear a breathing protection and safety glasses).
- If a car’s battery is more than 2 years old, have it tested. Most auto parts store (Pep Boys, etc) will test it for free.
#2 Under Inflated tires create internal heat which can cause a blowout.
This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high. More than half the vehicles on the road were found to have at least one under-inflated tire. Learn to test the pressure and keep them inflated. Tire pressure should be checked when they have not been driven far (still cool inside). See the driver's door jamb or glove box to see a label of recommended pressure. Some vehicles use different pressures for the front and rear tires. While checking the tire pressures—including the spare—drivers also should inspect the tire treads for adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.