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Car care for summer

 

Summer is here. It's time to take out the sunscreen lotion to protect your skin from harsh sun rays, gorge on fruit juices to stay hydrated, and switch on the AC to keep cool. And, while you take care of you and your loved ones, don't forget that your car needs some tender loving care too, to keep it running smoothly.

Here is a detailed guide about car care for the summer days.

Caring for car exteriors in summers:

 

  • Just as sun rays are harsh on your skin your car's paint job can get damaged too! Before summer hits in full force take time to wash your car and apply a good car wax. If water isn't a problem in your city wash your car once a week. 
  • Park your car in shade or under a tree. Avoid direct sunlight. If it's difficult to grab a good spot buy a quality car cover.

Protecting your car's Interiors during summers:

  • The temperature can shoot up inside your car during daytime. This is mainly because of the heat-trapping property of glass (much like glasshouse effect). Consider tinting your windows which can keep the majority of sunlight away. The legal limit in India is 50% visibility.
  • Always roll down the window a little when parking your car at a safe and secure spot. It will let out the hot air and avoid turning your car into an oven!
  • The interiors of your car can become quite dusty during summer" especially given the amount of dust on Indian roads. So clean your car regularly!

Caring for your car's essential spare parts in summer:

  • In summer the tyres may heat up more quickly and thus are prone to punctures. Inflate tyres to the recommended level. Don't over-inflate.
  • If you are going on a long trip do keep the spare tyre in good condition.
  • Like winters hot summer can also be harsh on batteries as well and can shorten its life. Test it with an expert and ask them to add more distilled water if required. It's best to replace old batteries.
  • Servicing before the sun unleashes its full power is a good idea. In fact servicing regularly can improve your cars fuel economy by 4 to 12%.
  • High temperature can be detrimental for smooth functioning of the engine which is heated by the combustion as well. Ask your mechanic to check engine oil and replace it if needed. Additional lubrication is always helpful!
  • It's a no-brainer that coolant is essential for optimum engine performance less coolant may stall your engine! Ask your mechanic to check coolant levels. The coolant-water mixture should be present in 1:1 ratio.
  • If you are using a really old car always make it a point to carry a good quantity of water with you for on-road emergencies.
  • Of course our biggest tool to beat the heat is the Air Conditioner. So ask your mechanic to check the level of AC gas/refrigerant at the onset of the season.
  • Get the compressor and blower checked and cleaned before you use it.

Conclusion:

These small steps can keep your car cool as the mercury soars. Have a safe and smooth drive all summer!

Pro Tip: Cover plastic and metal parts as well in your car insurance with add-on features offered by Royal Sundaram car insurance online.