Summer heat can wreak havoc on your car. Even if you keep your car in a garage regularly, there is sure to be a time during the day when your car is sitting directly in the sun for a prolonged period of time. Here are four negative effects the summer heat can have on your car and how you can avoid them.
Hot Steering Wheel
Leaving your car parked in direct sunlight can make your steering wheel scorching hot by the time you get back to the car. Rotating the steering wheel 180 degrees after you park will expose the side of the wheel that you don’t touch, setting you up for a much more comfortable drive on your way back.
Hot Car Smells
Intense summer heat can lead to some funky smells in your car that can be extremely unpleasant. Instead of spending money on an unnatural air freshener, try attaching a dryer sheet to one of your air conditioner vents to freshen up the air as it’s circulating throughout the car.
Check and top off your coolant every spring to avoid problems come summertime. And pay careful attention to your dashboard for any warning signs that your engine is running too hot.
Just like when you leave a piece of clothing or a photo in the intense sunlight, your car’s exterior paint can fade after a while. Try to find shade under a tree or overhang when parking outside.
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