Pearson Mazda's Car Maintenance Tips

Pearson Mazda's Hot Weather Car Maintenance Tips

As temperatures rise, not only do extreme temperatures have a potentially dangerous effect on the human body, but they can also do some serious damage to your vehicle. If you're not careful your car can overheat or damage important systems, such as your AC and fail to work. Auto services can offer testing and regular maintenance to keep these systems running.  This is what high heat can do to your car if you don't take the proper precautions:

Protecting your interior

  • Park in the shade or use a windshield protector. It is the easiest form of protection. By avoiding direct sunlight, you'll help keep your dash from drying and cracking.
  • Protect leather seats with a conditioner. The sun and heat can really do a number on them. To help avoid cracks or tears, keep seats clean, and apply leather conditioner often.


  • Extremely hot temperatures can damage the rubber of your tires, especially if they are improperly inflated.
  • Heat causes them to dry out and can be a recipe for a blowout.
  • If your tire is over-inflated, the center of your tire will wear faster than the outer edges and vice versa.
  • Keep an eye on your tire pressure to make sure they are riding on a more even surface area.


  • A hot engine needs all the lubrication it can get, so making sure you change¬† the oil when necessary is important in the summer months.
  • If you are taking even more road trips in the summer, more frequent changes may be necessary.


  • Low coolant levels in high heat can kill your engine. Also be aware that if you have a damaged radiator or hoses, coolant may leak causing your engine temperature to rise even more.
  • Always keep an eye on vehicle's temperature gauge.

Air Conditioning

  • Rising outside temperatures put extra strain on your entire vehicle and its cooling system, from the battery and belts to hoses and fluids, requiring each part to work overtime to keep your vehicle cool. The result of extreme spikes in temperatures may even require you to replace your air filter sooner, along with other various components that ensure your car's cabin remains comfortable.
  • When this occurs, the only thing you can do is run the AC at low speed. This helps you enjoy the benefits and comfort of your car's AC, while easing the burden placed on your system.
  • Try to run errands during cooler morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest times of the day to put less strain on your car's AC system.


  • Gas evaporates quicker in a hot vehicle than it does in a cold one.
  • Keeping your car in a garage or shade as much as possible will improve your fuel economy.

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