The summer season has arrived and we all are starting to feel the burn…but, nothing is worse feeling than a getting inside your boiling hot Ford car or truck.
Take a look at some of these “cool” tips to help you and your car survive the summer heat!
- Inspect your vehicle before high temperatures hit: Just like the frigid cold, extreme heat can exacerbate problems all over your vehicle. It can cause your vehicle’s tires to deflate more rapidly, belts and hoses to crack and battery to drain. This means everything should be in top shape before the sweltering begins. Start by checking your tire pressure. It’s important to do this only when your tires are “cold”—meaning the vehicle has been parked for at least one hour in the shade—or the reading won’t be accurate. Remove the tire valve cap and place the tire pressure gauge on it firmly. The number shown on the screen or dial (depending on whether the gauge is digital or analog) is your current tire pressure. Your vehicle’s operating inflation level is listed on the tire placard, which is often located on the doorjamb. If your tire’s pressure is low, use an air pump to add air. If it’s high, release air by pressing the tire valve stem. Then recheck. Once the tire is properly inflated, replace the valve cap.
2. Heed your warning lights: If your battery warning light—you know, the one that comes on momentarily when you turn the ignition—stays on, that means you could potentially have an alternator problem. Extreme heat and the heavy use of your air conditioner can be tough on your alternator, so if the warning light persists, have your vehicle checked at your local Ford Dealer Service Center right away. (Find out the five warning signs of a faulty alternator.)
3. Check the coolant: It’s also crucial to make sure your vehicle’s coolant system is always properly filled. If it isn’t, the engine could overheat, causing your car to break down. Most new vehicles have a visible fill tank that you can open and check yourself. If your coolant is low, follow these instructions on how to refill it.
4. Lose weight: No, you’re not too fat—but if your vehicle is carrying a heavy load, it can be tough on your transmission, which is already stressed from the summer heat. Also don’t forget to change the transmission fluid and filter. Check your owner’s manual, available online at owner.ford.com for the recommended maintenance schedule based on your veicle’s model, make and year.
5. Protect your vehicle’s exterior and interior: Constant, direct sun exposure can cause paint to crack and upholstery t fade. For the exterior, use sealant or wax—a good coat should protect your vehicle for the whole summer. For the interior, apply fabric protectant (but be sure to test it on a small area first) to help preserve its appearance. Now you’re ready to go out and enjoy a sunny drive.
Thanks so much to blogger Reed Jackson from http://www.myfordmag.com for providing these wonderful tips.