Summers in and around Dunwoody can be fierce, presenting the risk of heatstroke for people who stay outside for too long without taking the proper precautions. Just as we must be careful to stay well-hydrated and under the cover of shade to avoid heat-related illnesses, we must protect our cars in order to avoid visits to the automotive repair shop due to heat-related automotive failure. To keep your car from overheating or experiencing other heat-related problems during Georgia’s heat waves, take the following measures and precautions
Watch Out for Signs of Engine Overheating
Familiarize yourself with the signs of overheating. These include sweet, irregular smells coming from the engine; smoke rising out and up from under the hot; and unusual and persistent heat in the cabin of the car. Keep an eye on your car’s engine gauge, as the needle should move toward the “H” if your engine is heating. If you suspect that your car’s engine is overheating, turn off the air conditioner and roll down the windows. If the needle on your engine gauge does no move in the direction of “C,” get your car to an automotive repair specialist.
Keep an Eye on Your Car Battery
To prevent the unpleasant experience of trying to start your car and finding that its battery is dead, regularly check its water levels and frequently inspect for leaks and corrosion. Doing so could save you money, hassle, and a trip to the automotive repair center.
Check Tire Air Pressure
Tire repairs are more common in the summer than at any other time of year. Check the air pressure in your tires at least once a month and add air as needed to avoid having to prematurely invest in new tires. It is also important to check your tires’ tread depth on a regular basis and visit the tire dealer for replacements if the depth wears down to less than one-eighth of an inch.
Follow this advice, and you can keep the likelihood that your car experiences heat-induced automotive failure to a minimum for the remainder of this summer season. Should you find that your car does not start or run into trouble on the road in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Tucker, Cumming, or Smyrna, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 252-9895.