It’s summertime, which means it’s sunny and warm for the majority of the day. While it is enjoyable and great weather for summer activities, you can’t forget to protect your car against the wear and tear from high temperatures. Preventative maintenance and care will save you from future issues with your vehicle.

At East End Auto Body Shop, we care about your vehicle in all stages. Keeping your car as cool in the summer as possible is key. When it comes to summer car maintenance, don’t put it off. Beat the heat and protect your vehicle!

Protecting it against things such as:

  • Overheating the Engine/Battery 
  • Sun Damage
  • AC Malfunctions
  • Overheating the Tires
  • Possible Breakdowns

No one wants their warm summer day put to a halt from issues with their vehicle. Taking preventative steps will help keep these issues from arising and disrupting your fun-filled summer!

Preventative Maintenance

It could be as simple as finding the shady spot to park your car under. Finding little ways to help protect your vehicle from the hot summer heat will save you in the long run. 

Not only should you protect your outer vehicle from the beaming sun, the inner vehicle is susceptible to sun damage as well. When cars are sitting in high temperatures during the day, they trap heat. Creating extremely high temperatures inside the vehicle and possible damage to the interior.

Outer Vehicle Protection

Keeping high risk parts of your vehicle cool such as the engine, battery, or tires is highly important. If an accident happens, East End Body Shop is here to help you get your car up and running again. Hopefully to prevent accident maintenance, you can check these simple things.

Starting with the engine, the cooling systems prevent your car from overheating. They should be flushed periodically and make sure your coolant is filled to the proper level. Cooling systems that are rubber are susceptible to overheating and deterioration. Those parts should also be checked periodically.

Driving on improperly inflated tires makes them even more likely to overheat and blowout while driving. Also driving at high speeds on the hot asphalt creates higher likelihood of tires melting and blowing out on the highway. Make sure to check your car’s tire pressure at least once a month.

High heat and vibration are the biggest cause of vehicle battery damage. Making sure your battery is correctly strapped down prevents it from vibrating and possible damage. Also, possible evaporation of battery fluid could create corrosion. If your battery is older than three years, it’s a good idea to have it checked professionally.

Taking the time for these preventative summer car maintenance steps and periodic checks of your vehicle will only benefit you in the future. Saving yourself from possible breakdown or expensive maintenance brought on by sun damage.

Interior Vehicle Protection

Reducing the amount of heat impacting your vehicle is the best solution to protect your interior. A car can reach up to 200 degrees inside. Performing a few steps to prevent the high heat from penetrating your interior for long periods of time is simple.

These small steps could be anything to reduce the heat intake. Such as purchasing a sun shade to put up in your windshield. It will not only reflect the sun and reduce the heat, it will also prevent fading and prevent overheating of your interior that has the ability to cause burns. 

A slightly more expensive, but effective barrier, is window tinting. Bringing constant protection from the sun and UV rays. Keeping not only your car protected, but also yourself and your skin against the harmful rays. 

If you don’t have either of these things, summer car maintenance could be as simple as finding covered parking whenever possible. Parking in the shaded areas, or keeping your car covered at home will provide the best protection against summer weather.

Environmental Maintenance

When it’s hot out and you’re driving, it’s important to make your driving space as comfortable as possible. An unsafe or a vehicle’s environment left unkempt can create hazardous driving conditions.

Air Conditioning Systems

During extreme summer weather, air conditioning becomes more than just a convenience. It prevents you from extreme temperatures and possible overheating.

Reducing fatigue, well working AC keeps drivers cool and alert during the day. If your car’s air conditioning isn’t keeping your cabin’s temperature regulated it can become uncomfortable and even dangerous to drive in.

Summer car maintenance should include having a certified technician check your AC systems and make sure they’re operating correctly. Also have the cabin air filters checked to optimize the quality of air entering your vehicle.

Car Detailing 

Keeping your car in a clean, sanitized and comfortable environment increases the safety of your vehicle and your driving. That goes for both interior and exterior. 

Keeping your vehicle clean and well treated can help prevent more damage brought on by high heat and sun rays. 

At East End Auto Body, we specialize in car cleaning and care packages. Varying in detail, find a list of our services here

Prepare for Possible Breakdowns

All of the categories that fall under summer car maintenance are set up to prevent you from possible breakdowns in hot weather conditions. Even with these preventative maintenance measures, breakdowns are still bound to occur while driving in extreme heat.

It’s recommended by experts that you keep an emergency kit in your car at all times. Including things such as:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flashlight
  • Road Flares
  • Basic Hand Tools
  • Spare Tire/Change Kit
  • First Aid Kit

If in the event of an accident, or breakdown, East End Auto Body specializes in auto body work and any collision repairs.

We’re Here to Help!

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If you are looking for some help with summer car maintenance, or maybe you just want to improve the appearance and environment of your car. East End Auto Body is the perfect place for you. Specializing in car detailing, any auto body work, we’re ready and willing to assist you. 

Don’t wait, visit our website and meet the team. If you’re ready to schedule service, contact us today!