To keep from overheating (and we’re talking about the vehicles AND their owners!), there are ways you can keep your car cool in the dog days of summer. Even though you may have AC, it’s not efficient to run it full blast all the time. Check out these tips to be smart about staying cool.
Let Out the Heat
If your car has been sitting outside in the hot sun all day, turn it on and crack the windows to let some of the heat escape. If you have sun protector for your dash board, use it when you know you’ll be parking in direct sunlight for several hours. Once you’ve let out some heat, turn on the AC and make sure all your vents are working correctly. Turn them all to the ON setting (hey, you never know when your kids have been fiddling with the settings!), and position each passenger’s vents for optimal cooling pleasure.
If you don’t have time to crack the windows for awhile before taking off, set your climate controls to push fresh or AC air through all footwell vents first. Then, open your windows and sunroof. Because hot air rises, that trapped stale air will leave the car that much faster. Here’s a handy tip: got some cold packs? Put them in front of your vents and blow the cool air on those. The air that reaches you will be double the cool!
Keep the Engine Cool
Once driving, especially for long distances, try not to use your AC full blast every second of the way. Use it sparingly. Why? Your air conditioning compressor runs off your car’s engine, so switch it off now and then to keep your engine from working so hard, suggests CarMax. Some other tips to keep the engine from working too hard:
- Check the coolant. If it’s too low, your engine will run hotter than it should. Add coolant yourself per the specifications in your operator’s manual. You can also ask your auto body repair mechanic to do this for you.
- Check the oil. Because oil disperses heat from your engine, you can burn oil a bit faster in the summer than cooler months. Check the levels or have your mechanic do it. Stay on top of the levels even between scheduled oil changes.
Getting Hot, Hot, Hot!
If you’re driving and things feel a bit too hot, pull the car over. This can happen when your temperature gauge is headed toward a dangerous level. Driving an overheated car for a prolonged period of time can cause much more damage than if you simply pulled over and let it cool down. It may seem counter productive, but switch on the heat to get more coolant moving through the engine block, then open the hood and let things cool off. Call for service.
You can avoid all that problem in the first place by adhering to your car’s maintenance schedule so it runs as efficiently as it can. The more efficient your vehicle is, the healthier it will be overall, with less stress put on all the systems.
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Part of sticking to a regular maintenance schedule means keeping up the aesthetics of your vehicle. If you need auto body repair, painting or service, contact us at 214-666-5291 to schedule an appointment.
Check out Rob’s Car Blog (Car Nut of Dallas) for more car tips.