Hey! Spring begins next week! In the rest of the country that means that the permafrost will get soft enough to begin digging out from winter but here at All Tune and Lube Tempe it means time to get ready for summer in the desert. Piece ‘o cake! Your car doesn’t need all that much to make it through the heat, just a few checks.
The most important thing is to keep your car alive (An old Queen song I think) and if you’ve been keeping up on the regular maintenance there are just a few things to look at. Topmost, check your coolant level and condition. Well, duh! Without enough clean coolant running through the engine it’s Adios Good Friend real quick. The coolant should pretty clear and not rust colored. Coolants come in all kinds of colors now, green, yellow, orange, blue but not rust. Now the coolant isn’t 100% chemical, usually propylene or ethylene glycol, but a 50/50 mix. You can check the coolant mix with a device called a hygrometer. It’s a cheap tool but if you don’t have one you can drop by All Tune and Lube Tempe and we’ll check it for you, no charge. If it needs to be changed get it done before the heat gets here.
An automatic transmission deals with a ton of heat in the summer. Normally your transmission fluid temperature shouldn’t get above 230 degrees but if you’re working it hard, towing or hauling heavy loads, it can get hotter pretty quick. Make sure your transmission fluid and transmission cooling system are in good shape.
Check your tires. Your tires get hot in normal circumstances especially if they’re low on air. In the summer the heat in the road exacerbates the problem and a tire can delaminate.
Now it’s time to make sure you’re comfortable and that means air conditioning. That’s easy enough, turn it on and see if it works. If it doesn’t there’s a reason. Bring it in and we’ll check it out and make recommendations. Check the belt that drives the AC to make sure there are no cracks. If there are, replace it.
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