The intense summer heat can cause costly damage to your truck if you’re not prepared for it. We recommend the following tips to ensure you take special care this summer:
Tires: High temperatures can cause your tires to explode, in addition to accelerating their wear and reducing grip. If you are an interstate driver, then it is essential to constantly monitor your tire pressure and tread depth as your vehicle will operate in extreme and variable temperatures. Be very detailed! Look for cracks, wear and tear on the sidewalls, uneven tire wear.
Cooling system: Overheating is the most common cause of breakdowns in the summer. Check the antifreeze concentration levels. If it is too "thin" it will not work properly. We also recommend scheduling an engine wash. Remember to completely drain the antifreeze from your radiator at least once a year to avoid overheating which could severely damage your engine.
Air conditioning system: It is best to test your air conditioning when summer begins. Check hoses and connections for leaks. Test your fan motor and pay attention to any strange or irregular sounds. Check your filters to make sure they`re not clogged.
Batteries: Heat is the main factor in battery corrosion or sulfating. Corrosion buildup can cause lower battery voltage over time. Using the battery cleaner can help neutralize battery acid over time. Inspect and clean the battery cables to see if they are damaged.
Changing oil and filters: Changing your oil regularly will reduce wear and tear on your engine and protect it from rust and corrosion in all climates. Hot and cold temperatures can accelerate the thermal decomposition of the oil, making it less effective as a lubricant.
Hoses and belts: Summer is a good time to change worn belts and hoses, which are inexpensive. Hoses carry important fluids, such as coolant and oil, for the proper operation of your machine. They are also necessary for other devices such as air conditioning and power steering. Visually inspect the hoses for signs of cracks and wear.
You should tighten the hoses near the ends. A fluffy feeling means it is time to replace the coolant hoses. A small investment could save you from very severe engine damage that is sometimes not worth repairing due to the high cost of an engine repair or replacement.