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« on: May 25, 2013, 02:33:08 PM »

The next time you have your car serviced, have four mechanic blow the dust and crud out of your a/c condenser. It will greatly improve the cooling on a hot summer day.
 If your car has a cabin air filter( a lot of cars built since 2000 do) and has been most likely overlooked,replace it. It is a trap to collect mold and dust before fresh air enters your car through the heat/ ac system. It resticts airflow into the car considerably when it becomes clogged,reducing heating and cooling efficiency. Not only that ,I have seen it become a home for mold and mildew.
Check your belts and hoses,it is just  as critical as in winter.
Have your battery load tested, summer is just as hard as the 0  degree days of winter.
Take a good bit of elbow grease and clean those windows. We have a lot of hours of the sun glaring this time of year. They always build a film, but even more so if your a smoker. Don't spare the cleaner and paper towels. It will be streak free if you have it clean.
Turn those lights on while your driving. It can help you to be seen on a bright day as well as a dark rainy day.
If your wipers need to be on, so should your lights.
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 03:38:26 PM »

Excellent advice. I might add.....slow down, don't drive so fast.


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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 10:56:58 PM »

Good tips Buzzbee.  applause applause applause

Not to nit pick, but I kind of doubt turning over a warm engine in the summer even comes close to the abuse a battery gets in the winter.  In the winter you have motor oil like molasses, very little fuel vapor to start combustion, and a battery electrolyte where the ions really have to struggle to get from one plate to the next.  All conspiring to pull max amps from the cell.

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Check your tires!  Hydroplaning is not really a fun activity on a wet highway.
Check your rotors for uneven wear from the brake pads.
Listen for wheel bearing noise.  Snow and slush seems to take them out.
Check fluid levels.
Park in the shade. grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2013, 07:22:39 AM »

Underhood temps will fry a battery .Some cars today provide an airstream to cool the battery. Some have moved them to the trunk to get away from the heat..
Either way, a weak beattery is going to fail, it's a matter of when and where. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 09:47:49 AM »

I’ve had the summer heat do in the rectifiers in a few alternators over the years.  That usually ends up taking down the battery too.
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