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Maintenance of cars in hot weather
The climate of Vietnam is entering a hot season, and the maintenance of cars at this time is very important, not only for your own car but also for the health of the people in the car. Here are the care and maintenance experiences that keep cars working in this weather.
Maintenance of air conditioning system
This is the second most working system, after the engine in the hot season. Therefore, before summer comes, it is absolutely necessary to check and clean the air-conditioning system. According to experts, we must maintain this system periodically 6 monthly. This needs to be done at reputable service centers.
Maintenance procedures for air conditioning systems will include cleaning the tank, hot rigs, checking and adding gas if it is lost. Finally, cleaning or replacing air conditioning filters. In addition, we should keep in mind some tips to help the air conditioning system operate as:
- Parking under the shade
- Open all doors before boarding to allow hot air to escape
- Open the air conditioner before getting in the car at a moderate speed, avoid opening the air conditioner at the coldest and the highest wind speed suddenly, forcing the air conditioner to operate at full capacity.
Check the tires
Under very hot weather, tires also reduce life faster than normal. To extend the life of this part, we should check the tires regularly through tire details, tread grooves, sidewalls and valve foot. This makes sure the tire does not crack, fit or leak. If one of the above problems is detected, we need to replace them as soon as possible.
Under high temperatures, traveling with a set of young tires is extremely dangerous. Especially when traveling at high speed, the tires may explode, causing serious accidents. In addition, young tires also lead to uneven tire wear, more fuel consumption and indirectly affect the suspension, steering system ... Therefore, we need to maintain a stable tire pressure, in accordance with Pressure recommended by the manufacturer.
Care and Car interior protection
Hot sun has a small effect on the interior of the car. If you regularly park in the sun, ultraviolet and infrared rays can discolor the plastic, wood and metal parts inside the interior. Worse, these details may deform its physical properties.
Not to mention the heated interior will also release toxic gases, affecting the health of the occupants inside. So we need to equip some windshield screens and windows if they often park in direct sunlight. Best to find a shade to park your loved car. If we need to park for a long time, we should look for covered garages or park in the basement of buildings for protection.
Take care of the brakes
High temperatures are also etched with the brakes. The system is located at a relatively low position compared to the rest of the details. Therefore, brakes are often easy to get dirty and sand inside. If you feel like you have to step on the brake pedal more deeply, have a longer braking distance or an abnormal noise after you step on the brake, you need to get into the garage or service workshop immediately.
In addition, brake fluid also needs to be checked at this stage. Brake fluid after a period of use will also age and need to be replaced. If there is any loss of brake fluid, in addition to adding, we also need to check the pipeline system for leaks or not.
Check and change oil earlier
High ambient temperatures also cause engine oils to age faster. The oil life is no longer guaranteed when operating continuously with high ambient temperatures. So we should also actively check and change the oil before the deadline.
Check the cooling water
Cooling water or engine coolant will be lost more or less under the hot sun. Therefore, we should also proactively check and supplement if missing below the necessary. In addition, we should also check the cooling water pipes, tanks ... to make sure there are no leaks.
Although located under the hood, not directly affected by sunlight, but the battery will increase chemical reactions, working more when the temperature in the engine compartment is higher than normal.
In addition, high temperatures make sulfuric acid solutions (inside water-based batteries) more or less consumed, and need to be added as needed. Therefore, we should also regularly check the parts that help the engine start and maintain the power of the car's equipment.
Clean the car regularly
In hot weather, the car will be less dirty than the rainy season. Even so, we should clean the car regularly. When traveling on the road, lots of chemicals, grease from other cars create clinging to the exterior of the vehicle. In addition, more dust, and they easily crept into every corner of the car.
Under the sun with the above agents will oxidize faster. So we also should regularly "cool shower" for the car dear. Regular car hygiene also helps us detect abnormalities appearing outside the vehicle, so that they can be corrected and corrected immediately.
Also, do not put scented foods or carbonated drinks inside the interior. Before we get the car into the garage or the parking lot, we should clean the inside. The high temperatures inside the car also make this food and drink create an unpleasant odor, and later deodorizing is not easy either.
In addition, we should also note the following points in case of unfortunate explosion:
- Do not leave equipment containing gas on the vehicle such as lighters, perfumes, deodorant sprays ... Fire extinguishers should be located away from direct sunlight.
- The storage system and the fuel pipe also need to be checked, just a small leak can instantly burn your car.
- Check that the attached equipment, the connections to the power source are secure or not. These devices will be a great source of shock, causing electric shock on your vehicle.
- Film insulation also limits the effects on the car's interior under the sun. Most of the insulation film will remove the ultraviolet rays and block most of the infrared rays that cause heat to the interior. Therefore, if we have not glued the film, we should add more, and pay attention to choosing reputable insulation film brands.
In addition, electrical wires inside the engine compartment should also be considered. When a car is in use, it will be difficult to avoid being visited by rats inside and gnawing on power lines. Combined with leaked engine fluids will easily cause a terrible fire.
- Finally, park your car in a sheltered or shaded area, at the same time away from combustible materials such as straw, trees, dry leaves, etc.
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