San Antonio was able to enjoy an unusually mild winter but the heat has come in quickly! Because of the extreme heat we have in San Antonio, it is important to take extra precautions with your vehicle. While there are a number of systems affected by the heat on your vehicle, this month we are focusing on four specific concerns.
- Keep your engine cool: Make sure the cooling system is flushed and the coolant replaced periodically as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition. Worn parts are more susceptible to failure in hot conditions and should be replaced.
- Stay Cool: Exceptionally high temperatures can cause an uncomfortable ride. So take the time to get your vehicles air conditioning system serviced. Make sure it's operating at maximum efficiency. Let's face it, we all know the only thing worse than the Texas heat is getting into a car that's been sitting in the Texas sun all day!
- Avoid excessive heat where the rubber meets the road: Driving on under-inflated tires can affect the handling and braking of a vehicle, but it also can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout. This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high.
- Have Your Battery Tested: High temperatures can damage the interior of the battery, and drastically shortens the life of the unit! Also, the high temperatures can encourage corrosion and deterioration. Batteries should be tested to ensure that they are charging at the correct rate, that the battery fluid is topped off, and that they are clear of any corrosion.
We have tons of savings as the season starts to get warm, so please call our friendly Service Advisor today to ask about our newest Chalkboard Special! We look forward to seeing you soon at any of our 7 locations. As always, from our family to yours: Buckle up and drive safe! Remember at Belden's Automotive & Tires "We Keep You Rolling!"