Auto Tips – Summer

Keep Your Cooling System In Top Condition By Having The Radiator And It’s Components Checked And Possibly Flushed At Least Once Every 18 Months.

Wheel Alignment: With The coming Season, Keeping Your Vehicle In Alignment Improves The Life Of Your Tires And Keeps You In Total Control In All Driving Conditions.

Electrical system: When the temperature drops, the capacity of a battery drops. Oil thickens requiring more power from the starter to turn over the engine. This puts a heavier load on the battery, and the alternator. In most areas of the US, shorter daylight hours mean the headlights will be on for longer periods of time, and if the alternator is a bit marginal in it’s output, it may not be able to keep the battery charged with the extra load of headlights, defroster / heater fan. The rear window heater / defroster in most cars draw high currents, and should only be left on long enough to defrost the rear window.

Anti Freeze Tips: An anti-freeze tester is available at most auto parts stores for a few dollars that can be used to check the freezing point of your anti-freeze / water mixture in your car. Most auto makers recommend a 50% anti-freeze / 50% water mixture of coolant. For ethylene – glycol anti-freeze (the most common type), the freeze point of the mixture will drop as the percentage of antifreeze is increased, up to about 70%. Above 70% anti-freeze, the freezing point actually goes back up, so you should not go less than 30% water in the mixture. In the summer time, 70% anti-freeze has higher boiling point than 50% mix, but actually carries less heat away, so it is best to go with what the manufacturer recommends. NOTE: Some of the low cost anti-freeze testers can be misleading on the freeze point over 70%. It will probably go off scale because of the way they work.

TIRES: Air pressure in the tire drops as the air cools. If your tire pressure was ok in the summer, it may be low in the winter.