Summer Mazda Car Care
Your Mazda car is an investment you would not want to loose. And summer time gives you almost all the reasons why you should really take car of your precious investment.
Summer’s high temperatures can damage any car part such as the batteries, cooling system and tires. Moreover, the heat of the sun can definitely damage your Mazda body kit, most especially if this is not well maintained. But generally speaking, your whole car must be periodically checked to avoid breakdowns as well as other car problems.
Your car battery’s life is made short by excessive heat and overcharging. Battery fluid evaporates due to heat. And this causes the deterioration of the internal structure of the battery. Very high charging rate is caused by a component that is not working well which is usually the voltage regulator. As an aftermath, the battery is eventually destroyed.
Regularly check your car’s electrical system so that you are sure that it is charging at an accurate rate as well as to prevent battery damage. Check the battery often, especially during warm weather, if it needs to be topped off. If necessary, add distilled water on the system.
Keeping the top of the battery always clean will also prevent damages. This is because dirt can become a conductor and exhausts the power of the battery. If battery terminals have accumulated chemical reactions, the corrosion eventually transforms into an insulator and constricts the flow of current.
The primary function of the cooling system is to rival with hot temperatures. So during summer, it works harder for the engine to avoid overheat. The coolant and distilled water mixture for your Mazda car’s radiator should be 50:50 in order to maintain the effectiveness of the cooling system. When checking the coolant level in the reservoir, remember not to open the radiator cap when it is hot.
Most vehicles need to change the coolant once a year. You have to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s suggested period of replacement. A new coolant maintains a fresh and clean cooling system interior. It also helps to prevent chemical reactions and ensures that the coolant has the accurate boiling point as well as protection.
You should also have your Mazda car undergo a pressure test, thermostat test, a cooling fan test and a visual inspection to check if there are leaks and corrosion. These tests should be done annually. Also check the hoses and belts to see if there are cracks, bulges or worn out edges.
By using a garden hose and a soft brush, keep the radiator clean through carefully removing bugs, dirt and debris periodically.
Change your tires during summer because high temperatures put marginal damages on them. Check the tire condition and inflation pressure monthly to achieve longer tire life as well as safety. It is also important to have them rotated every 6,000 miles.
The heat of summer will surely cause tire pressure to rise. So it is necessary to check the pressure regularly. But make sure that the tires are cold if you are about to check it. To further guide you in your checking, consult you owner’s manual recommended tire pressure for your Mazda car.
Your Mazda body kit is the first that immediately suffers the heat. It is therefore wise to put the appropriate protection on the exterior that will serve as your car’s external shield against heat. It is also good to have it washed weekly and waxed every six months.
It will cost you a little time and money in maintaining your Mazda car for the summer season. But once you maintain it already, you are assured of comfort, economy, and best of all, safety. Plus, your precious investment will stay with you for a longer period of time.
It is also wise to read some articles that offer tips on summer car maintenance. There are a lot of auto websites and magazines that offer such tips. An example is the Car Care Council, which is also the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign that promotes the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
About the Author
Kraig Johanssen is a native of Connecticut and holds a degree in Software Engineering. He now works at a software development firm in Alabama. His love for writing and great interest on cars makes him a proficient contributing author to various automotive magazines.
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