The sweltering temperatures can mean trouble not only for your body but your car too. Spare a thought for your road buddy, my friend. You get to snuggle up in your cosy room with the AC on full blast. Your car, on the other hand, gets toasted in the parking under the relentless heat. Not a way to treat a friend, right?
Well, if you listen closely, your car is trying to give you hints. Here’s what it says, and what it means:
1. “Yo! That coolant ain’t cool anymore!” means check the coolant.
It’s crucial to check the coolant level in the summers regularly. Apart from that, make sure that there are no leakages in the coolant tank and the hoses.
2. “Umm, bro? Do you have a spare belt?” means check the engine belt.
The extreme heat can spell disaster for the engine belt. It can begin to squeal, loosen up or develop cracks under severe temperatures. Make sure that it’s in tip-top condition all the time, and the tension is perfect.
3. “Once upon a time, my AC used to be better than the one you have up in your room!” means check the air conditioning.
You don’t want to melt away inside your car, do you? Seal any leakages in the system and check if the gas is appropriate.
4. “I am tired! Just tired!” means check the tire pressure.
It is a known fact that as the temperature starts to rise, the tyre pressure increases too, leading to a blow-out in severe cases! Therefore, never over-inflate your tyres in the summer. Also, check if the grooves of the tyre are sufficient to deal with the increased friction in the summer.
Now, how about hacking your seasoned friend for the better that’ll make it go, “Wow! You drive me crazy, bro!”? Here are 5 genius summer hacks for your beloved car.
1. Cool down your car interior within seconds before entering it.
Entering into a car in the summers feels like entering an oven naked. Well, with a simple exercise, you can avoid it. Just roll down one car window, and open and close the opposite car door rapidly. This will pump out the hot air built up inside the car, and bring the interior temperature close to the ambient temperature. All hail science!
2. Use dryer sheets to keep your car odour-free.
In the unbearable heat, your car’s leather seats start smelling. Deodorise your car by taping a dryer sheet onto the air conditioning. When you switch on the AC at full blast, your car will get refreshed!
3. Always keep food and cold drinks in the glove compartment.
Many cars these days have an AC line feeding directly into the glove compartment, thereby turning it into a mini cold storage!
4. Keep the seats blanketed to avoid getting scorched.
Shriek in pain when you have to sit on sizzling car seats? Always keep a small blanket on the seat once you leave your car so that it doesn’t occur ever again! You can also use the blanket on the window frame to rest your elbow when the window is rolled down!
5. Cover the air vents with a thin wet cloth in case the AC stops working.
What do you do when your AC stops throwing cold air all of a sudden? Simply wet your handkerchief or any other cloth in the car, and place it in front of the AC vents. Then, turn on the fan. There’s your jugaadu AC!