Summertime, and the driving is easy—or so you'd think. The weather is good, the road is clear, and the windows are down. But the ease of the season can be a mirage: Its high temperatures and dry air can wreak havoc on your car. Ray Hessner, longtime resident of Arizona and a shop manager for a AAA Owned Auto Repair Center, knows about heat and has some advice for keeping your vehicle running cool.
Fill your fluids.
Due to evaporation, vehicle fluid levels can drop fast when the mercury rises. To help your engine run efficiently all summer, keep everything topped up: motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and especially coolant. Says Hessner, "Anything below full can add stress to your car."