When it’s hot, how do you keep your car running smoothly? Well, first regular maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations will go quite a ways toward keeping your vehicle running well. But in Arizona, there are special considerations due to our extreme heat with triple-digit temperatures from late May through September.
At Desert Car Care McQueen, we recommend the following hot-weather maintenance and safety tips to beat Arizona’s Extreme Heat:
- Check your tires’ tread and pressure regularly. Over or under-inflated tires increase the risk of losing traction or having a blowout. Typically, tire pressure needs to be adjusted seasonally as hot weather causes the air inside tires to expand and increase the pressure inside the tire.
- Check your battery frequently. While batteries may have guaranteed life time warranties elsewhere, in Arizona the life expectancy of even the best batteries tops out at about 3 years. According to the Car Care Council, heat is extremely harsh on batteries because the battery contains liquid and heat causes the fluids to evaporate. Low fluid levels will damage the internal structure of the battery causing it to die.
- Have qualified technicians and mechanics — like our team at Desert Car Care McQueen – check belts, hoses and other engine components. Anything made of rubber suffers in Arizona’s extreme summers with hoses and belts becoming brittle, dry and prone to break. While owner’s manuals make recommendations for typical wear and tear, Arizona’s climate is not considered typical and more frequent replacement of belts and hoses is a must.
- Inspect and replace air filters frequently. Imagine what driving through one of Arizona’s dust storms does to the interior of your vehicle. Imagine what the air filter looks like after stopping all that dirt, dust, pollen and other debris from getting into the engine where it could damage the combustion chamber. Signs of a dirty filter include reduced mileage and reduced engine performance.
- Never leave a child or pet in a car in Arizona. There are no exceptions. None. The furnace-like heat inside a car can cause serious harm in a just a few short minutes, often fatal. Do not risk an innocent life.
At Desert Car Care McQueen, we want you and your vehicles to have a safe summer in Arizona.