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Ask the mechanic: how can I keep my car cool this summer?

Summer days in Sydney remind us of some of the best things in life; heating up the BBQ for a late alfresco dinner on the porch, or taking a trip to the beach to keep cool while the sun bares down. While summer is synonymous with happy memories for many Australians, it can also be a time of stress for your car. Here we look at some of the best ways to ensure your car stays cool (and safe) this summer.

Always keep coolant in your car

The best way to avoid your car from overheating is to be prepared. This means keeping coolant on hand for when the engine starts to overheat. The high boiling point of coolant means it can circulate through your system and help keep the car cool.

Keep an eye on tire pressure

It’s not just the internal mechanics of a car that suffers in intense heat. As they spin and create friction, tires can become extremely hot against the pavement, causing them to wear down more easily and even be prone to sudden breakage.

Ensuring that your tires are properly inflated will help to protect them during the summer season. If you do experience a tire issue, visit a tire centre in Sydney before it becomes a threat to you or your passengers’ safety.

Use your air conditioning

This one may sound like a no-brainer for keeping yourself cool, but what about the car itself? Using the air conditioner actually helps to keep the engine cool and decrease mileage. Remember to consider the environment though!

Think smart for simple solutions

One of the easiest ways to keep your car safe in the summer is to use your brain. Park in the shade, leave the windows cracked a little, and invest in some sunshades that will help reflect the light as it bears down.

If you’re worried about how to protect one of your most valuable assets as the weather changes, have a chat to your mechanic in Sydney who can suggest some tips and tricks for keeping you and your car cool in those scorching summer months.

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