Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Don't Let Your Car Overheat!

WTOP Radio reported yesterday on how the hot weather can affect your car, and the station provided some tips on how to keep your car cool during this August heat wave, even if you can't be.

"If your car's temperature gauge inches above normal, experts offer up these tips:
  • Turn on your car's heater to dissipate heat away from the engine.
  • In heavy traffic, keep space between you and the car ahead to maximize airflow.
  • In slow traffic, pop your hood so it stays closed on the safety catch. Remember to secure it again before speeding back up.
  • Pull over. Turn your car off for awhile.
  • Some batteries take water that can evaporate in hot weather. Top off with distilled water.
    Most radiators like a 50-50 mix of water and anti-freeze.
  • Keep up with oil changes. Use oil with heavier viscosity in hot weather. Instead of 5W-30 consider choosing 10W-30, 10W-40 or even 20W-30. Synthetic oils endure heat best.
  • Check tire pressure when your tires are cool. Under-inflated tires can run hot and increases the risk for blowouts. "

Read the complete WTOP Radio article.

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