Keep Your Truck in Shape in San Antonio’s Heat

The days in San Antonio are longer, the sky is blue, and the temptation of leaving with your truck for a spur of the moment road trip is stronger than ever, but first you need to make sure your vehicle is in top shape. Who wants a summer weekend ruined by an unexpected breakdown? When the thermometer hits 100 degrees, you need to pamper your truck even more than usual. Here are the steps to take to make sure you and your truck are ready for the summer heat.

Check the Batteries

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Many people seem to think that batteries mostly need maintenance during the winter but, actually, the hot temperatures are the most damaging for your truck’s battery. Heat shortens the battery life. Before it lets you down in the middle of a drive, check that the battery is fully charged, the electrolyte level is full, and that its terminals are clean.

Test the Air Conditioning

You don’t want to find yourself trapped in traffic in San Antonio’s scorching heat without a functioning air conditioning system, right? Test the air conditioning long before the heat waves come so that you have time to fix it in case something isn’t working properly. Ask your mechanic to test the system for leaks and have it recharged. You’ll be glad you did it.

Carry Out Maintenance Work

It goes without saying, but performing normal vehicle maintenance is essential for the health of your truck, especially before leaving for a road trip. Take some time to control the tires’ pressure and to check the electrical system, which can be seriously affected by the extreme temperatures. Heat makes the oil thinner, too, so change the oil to avoid engine damage. Make sure your antifreeze is in good condition, and recharge your window washer fluid. Finally, don’t forget to replace your engine belts that show any signs of wear or that have traveled more than 100,000 miles. A cracked engine belt can cause serious, and expensive, damage to the engine components.

Change the Air Filter

This may come as a surprise, but when your air filter is dirty, your engine gets choked and loses part of its power. Also, a clogged air filter significantly lowers your truck’s fuel efficiency by around 10 percent. You should check the filter once a month, but if it’s been a while since you last changed it, go ahead and do it before the summer starts.

Install a Bug Deflector

In San Antonio, like in many other warm places, summer season is bug season. You mostly notice the bugs while driving fast on the highway, when they make a mess on your windshield. You can easily get rid of this minor annoyance, though, by installing a bug deflector, which protects the paint on your hood. A bug deflector usually is rather inexpensive, costing between $50 and $100, but it’s worth the cost to not have to scrape off your windshield constantly. Follow these simple steps, and your truck will be ready to get you comfortably to the office, or to bring your family to the coast for a weekend at the beach.