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Why Your Vehicle Needs to Stay Hydrated in the San Diego Heat

We all know how hot it can get in the San Diego summer -- the temperatures seem to keep rising. Not only does this heat affect us, but it also can affect your vehicle. Believe it or not, your vehicle can get hot too! If your car is not well-maintained, regardless of the age, make, or model (the heat does not discriminate), high temperatures will negatively affect your vehicle even more. 

When we are dealing with that summer sun, we have to make sure we stay hydrated. Our body is working extra hard during that heat, and we need to make sure we stock up on those fluids. The same goes for your car. Your vehicle needs to stay hydrated with proper oil, transmission, power steering, and brake fluids. You can think of these fluids as cooling agents that divert heat away from internal components of your vehicle’s engine that are working extra hard. 

If your vehicle’s engine extremely hot, which is usually the case when you are driving in the San Diego heat, these fluids will be evaporating faster. If these fluids are running low, you might find yourself in an overheated vehicle on the side of the San Diego streets. It is essential to have a qualified technician to examine your vehicle’s fluid levels to ensure they are ready to beat the summer San Diego heat! 

Don’t forget about the coolant! Coolant is your car’s first line of defense against the heat. To make sure your vehicle doesn’t overheat, perform a coolant flush every 30,000 miles. It is recommended to replace your belts and hoses every 36,000-50,000 miles. If your coolant levels are lower than average, it may indicate that your cooling system is leaking. The team at Convoy Auto Repair can troubleshoot the issue. 

Convoy Auto Repair is here to get your vehicle ready for the San Diego heat. Bring your vehicle to our shop, and our technicians will perform a thorough inspection of your fluids and cooling system. Schedule an appointment with us today. We are located at 3909 Convoy Street, San Diego, CA 92111, and look forward to seeing you soon. 


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