Three Fluids To Check This SummerJuly 30, 2020 3:31 pm
Summer is in full swing and all across the country, it has been a real scorcher! You may feel like you have been getting the worst of the heat, but the reality is that your car or truck is probably feeling the effects much more than you are. While we get to escape the heat by going inside, our vehicles get stuck outside in the sweltering heat. If you have ever gotten into your car after it has been sitting in the sun, you know that any exposed metal has essentially become lava and your once cool seats will happily singe any exposed skin it can find. Your car can easily get up to almost 200 degrees if you have a dark interior. Not only does this heat damage your car’s interior and your sanity as you drive, the heat will actively cause your vehicle’s fluids to evaporate and diminish. If you are interested in learning more about DIY projects that you can handle or want tips for your vehicle, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Here are three fluids you need to check this summer.
Engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your vehicle. Oil functions by lubricating your moving parts in your engine to ensure that heat does not build up and that these parts do not collide. If your engine oil is exposed to large amounts of heat or if you go too long between oil changes, your engine oil can evaporate and become thick and viscous. Once your engine oil thickens, you will notice a decrease in fuel economy, sluggish responses from your engine, and that your engine will be prone to overheating. Make sure that you check your dipstick to see how much oil your vehicle as and to check the consistency of your oil. If you need to add oil, check your owner’s manual to see what kind of oil is right for your vehicle.
Your vehicle’s coolant works by absorbing heat from your engine and transferring it away from your vehicle. Your coolant travels through your engine compartment through a series of piping, picking up heat as it goes, and eventually moving into your radiator. Your radiator is comprised of a series of small tubes, and as your coolant passes through these tubes, it is cooled by the oncoming wind as you drive. If you have low levels of coolant, your engine will quickly overheat, which can easily lead to long-term damage to your vehicle.
We may nor think of it often, but your vehicle’s battery needs fluid to function. Most vehicle batteries will only need water added every few months. Most modern batteries will have a clear viewport at the top or a light sensor that will be green if water levels are acceptable and red when water is needed. If your sensor is red, simply add a bit of distilled water and you are good to go.
No matter what kind of summer DIY projects you have planned, the expert team here at your local U Pull And Pay is ready to help. We will make sure that you get all the parts and tips you need for the best price in town.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling