Heat Damages Vehicles

by Danielle Cotterman on July 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

Extreme heat isn’t only hard on the body…It’s hard on the vehicle.

Triple AAA Spokesperson, Kimberly Schwind said it’s typical to get a car ready for the cold winter months, but few people think about the damage to a vehicle during these hot summer days. The three areas you need to focus in on are the battery, the engine cooling systems and the tires. Schwind explains the heat will drain components of your cars battery and evaporate internal liquids, this leads to corrosion and a shortened battery life. Schwind suggests you have the vehicle looked at regularly.

"It’s really a good idea to have a technician look over your car, check the battery, check the cooling system make sure everything is in order just so you don’t end up stranded on the side of the road," said Schwind.

Schwind understands many families have put off scheduled maintenance on their vehicle due to the economy but said when it comes to the engine cooling system there really is no other option. She said coolant needs to be flushed periodically to eliminate damage. If you put it off, it will end up costing you more in the end.

"Again, to get more life out of your car, scheduled maintenance," said Schwind. "It’s something people really just don’t want to pay for but its really going to end-up saving you money in the long run."

Schwind emphasizes every car is different and you should check your owners manual for further information.