Get your car to survive the Las Vegas heat this summer.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for the Extreme Heat
As the temperature in Las Vegas keeps climbing to the triple digits, it’s important to prepare our cars for the extreme heat. Scorching, dry heat can take a tough toll on our vehicle’s components, but if you take the time to apply these five easy steps, you can help your vehicle operate smoother, drive safer, and run comfortably.
1. Check tires
It’s important to remember that when our cars are exposed to extreme heat, tires expand. To avoid over-expansion, keep on eye out on your tires. Visit any gas station that have tire pressure stations or visit your local auto shop for a free tire pressure check. The last thing you want is a tire blowout on the highway in the desert heat.
2. Inspect your air-conditioning
Nothing could be any worse than driving in 120 degree weather because of a lacking AC system, especially if you have passengers. Prevent this horrible situation by making sure your AC system is running properly by getting it checked by a certified technician. In addition, if your car has cabin air, have it inspected and replaced, so you can get the most out of your cooling system. You and your passengers deserve to be comfortable while traveling.
3. Examine your battery
Our car batteries work the hardest in extreme heat and wear out faster than usual. If your battery is at least two years old, we highly recommend to get your battery tested to see how much longer it’ll last. It’s better safe than sorry to either replace your battery altogether or even store a spare in your garage.
4. Keep fluids in check
The engine coolant is the number one fluid priority when it comes to a sizzling summer season. Pay attention to your engine coolant and system to prevent overheating and expensive future repairs. Have your system flushed and coolant replaced frequently by your local auto shop. Having your motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power-steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid inspected and replaced if needed. Your car will thank you by running a bit smoother.
5. Use window shades
Keep your car’s interior cool and in good condition by using sun shades. If your car doesn’t have access to a garage or covered parking, investing in a good pair of sun shades will prevent your car’s interior from cracking or fading. In addition, when your car is exposed to unbarring heat for long periods of time at days at a time, this might leave the air inside your vehicle filled with toxic chemicals. Plus, who likes getting into a roasting hotbox after a long day at work?