Car Care Tips and Tricks!

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems, according to the Car Care Council.

Your Car Battery can take a beating from the Texas Heat. Extreme temperatures can shorten the life of a battery. Heat may cause battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery which can shorten the life of the batter. To get the most life out of a battery, it is recommended that you have the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging correctly. Another quick tip is to keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow. Coit Auto Center can also check this for you.

The cooling system in your vehicle also takes a beating during the hot Texas summers as they work to prevent the engine from overheating. To keep the cooling system working at maximum efficiency make sure that your vehicle’s radiator is topped off with the manufactures recommend coolant. As a rule of thumb, the coolant should be changed annually on most vehicles. This will keep the cooling system fresh and clean inside, which helps prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection.