Prepare Your Car for the Summer Heat

Posted on June 26th, 2020 by ncapmanage

For over 50 years, New Cats Auto Parts has been your best and most reliable source of used auto parts in Chicago. We’re always here when you need us for parts, but we also want to help keep your vehicle out of the repair shop. Here are a few suggestions to protect your vehicle from those hot summer days ahead of us.

The interior

  • Park in the shade if possible, and if safe, crack the windows slightly to lower the interior temperature and equalize air pressure.
  • Use a windshield sun protector to help keep your car cooler and prevent sun damage to the dash.
  • If you have leather seats, protect them with a conditioner. The sun and heat can do a lot of damage, and to avoid cracks and tears, keep the seats clean and apply conditioner often.

The exterior

  • Wash your car frequently in a shady spot to clean off road oils and assorted grime. Use cleaning products made for vehicles, not dishwashing detergent. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  • Wax regularly to maintain a buffer between your car’s finish and the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
  • Check tire pressure regularly, and follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended air pressure, not the pressure on the side of the tire.

Under the hood

  • Have your mechanic drain and replace the antifreeze/coolant and inspect all belts for cracks and other damage.
  • Check the motor oil and transmission, brake and steering fluids regularly to avoid overheating.
  • Check your battery and if over three years old, consider replacing.
  • Have the AC refrigerant level checked to keep your interior cool and comfortable.

Auto Parts – Chicago

If summertime trouble develops, always call or come by New Cats Auto Parts for the very best selection of used auto parts in Chicago. If you’re looking for a specific part, feel free to call ahead and ask a friendly member of our staff if it’s available.