As car drivers, we tend to get used to the seasonal changes and become accustomed to how to drive during certain weather conditions. For instance, during the fall and spring we navigate differently through the rainy days than if it were a traffic-free summer morning. But we all these seasonal changes and different weather conditions, does it have an affect on our vehicles?
The answer is - yes! The weather does affect our vehicles in certain ways, which is why seasonal maintenance is so important. Here are some of the ways that the weather can affect your vehicle:
- Fluids - extreme temperatures in the summer can actually cause fluids to breakdown faster. In the winter, fluids tend to thicken up and have more trouble moving around.
- Tire Pressure - air expands in the heat, which will increase your tire pressure throughout the warm season. However, cold air contracts, so you may see that tire pressure light illuminate as soon as the colder weather kicks in.
- Battery - The heat during the summer months can actually cause your battery to start to corrode and fluid to evaporate. Always have your battery inspected and cleaned after summer to ensure proper working condition and get jumper cables in your car at all times.
- A/C - If you've been blasting your A/C all summer long, chances are you may need a service to recharge and clean out the system before it gets hot again.
- Paint and glass - In certain weather conditions, the paint and glass on your vehicle can be at risk. If you're parked under the sun in very hot weather, you can cause your paint to slowly fade over time. Glass is also at risk for cracking during hailing and other stormy weather.
The weather can often be unpredictable, so the best thing to do is always be prepared for whatever comes your way. Here at NWA Car Clinic, we will help you stay on top of your vehicle's maintenance so that you're ready for every seasonal change.