There’s a certain dread that comes with getting back into your car on a hot day. The muggy, thick air and the blazing hot steering wheel are enough to make even the shortest commute home unpleasant. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to keep your car cool in the summertime.
When possible, parking in the direct path of sunlight, and especially if you plan on being parked for a long period of time. Search for shade, be it beneath a tree, in the shade of a tall building, or in a garage or underground parking facility. This will go a long way toward keeping your vehicle cool on hot days.
Keep Windows Cracked
Keeping your windows cracked just a bit can improve air circulation in your car, therefore keeping your car cooler. When you do crack your window, however, make sure that it’s just enough that nobody could potentially reach into your car and unlock the door.
If you’ve ever had a car with leather seats, then you know how hot they can get during the summer. To keep your skin from getting burned when you sit back down, purchase seat covers for the summer or put blankets down while your car is parked.
Putting reflective sunshades in your vehicle’s windshield will help keep intense sunlight away. This will prevent you from having to deal with hot seats and steering wheels, making your trip home all the more comfortable.
Routine maintenance on your vehicle is just that—routine. So it isn’t often you think about why something needs to be done. Some drivers simply follow their owner’s manual while others listen to the advice of friends and family. One important part of routine maintenance is changing the oil regularly. This is an extremely important part of owning a car, yet many owners aren’t sure what oil does. We at Friendly Ford are here to answer that question: just what does oil do?
Oil works in three ways to keep the engine operating smoothly. First, it helps keep the metal parts that are constantly mashing together lubricated to prevent any damage to the engine. It also carries away any dirt, grime, and metal shavings between parts.
Second, the engine is constantly setting off very small, contained explosions within its cylinders. That generates a lot of heat; oil helps to remove some of that heat and heat caused by friction between the moving parts.
Third, it keeps carbon and varnishes from building up in the engine. A very expensive engine cleaning is the only effective way to remove carbon and varnish build up. The worst that can happen if you don’t change your oil is your engine could seize up entirely. Trust us; that’s not a bill you want to pay!