- May 10, 2016
- By dakstoyota
- In Battery, care, Heating, Paint, Rain Wipers, sun, Windscreen
- Tags electricals, heat, Heating, sun, weather
How does the suns heat affect our cars
It’s no secret that the African sun can reach high temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. After all, Africa is frequently referred to as the “Village of the sun.” How does the suns heat really affect your vehicle though? You see it all the time during your daily commute – cars pulled over for a number of reasons including blown out tires, steam or smoke rising from under the hood, unsighty wear to car paint, or even cars simply abandoned.
At Daks Couriers, we have several Toyota certified automotive technicians who work to restore your vehicle following any damage encounter. Our experts also work on vehicle restoration from old age or lack of maintenance. We know what the suns heat can do to vehicles because we see it every day.
The looking glass of your vehicle is highly susceptible to damage in the sun when not protected as much as possible. A small dent or crack from roadside debris can grow to a large and dangerous crack in extremely high temperatures. Damaged windshields are ticking time bombs just waiting to implode, injuring you and your passengers.
Your battery is composed of both water and acid, which provide the power. In the heat of summer, the water can evaporate, which exposes the lead plates inside your battery. Later, when the weather turns cold again, your battery will no longer have the amperage needed to start your car. This problem is practically unavoidable, unfortunately. However, being aware of the stress that heat can place on your battery can help you to monitor it as needed.
Local auto parts stores know that a large percentage of their battery sales occur during the dry season as the heat wears down the efficiency of most automotive batteries. A good rule of thumb is to get the battery life checked before the hottest time of the year. If it falls below industry capacity standards, it’s recommended you purchase a replacement.
Heat and rubber do not mix well. The heat dries out rubber components, causing them to crack and break apart. Windshield wipers are one area frequently exposed to the sun, and though the weather is dry for most of the summer, you will need working wipers during monsoon microbursts. Any auto parts store can assess your blade performance and can look up your make and model’s specific blade replacement options to purchase in-store or special order.
Tires, also made out of rubber, are another area of concern. Many tire shops and Daks Toyota mechanics offer free tire pressure checks to ensure your tires are inflated properly for the higher temperatures. Because the air is hotter, your air pressure is also more inflated than in cooler months. Getting your tires checked frequently during the summer will ensure you’re driving with adequate air pressure to minimize the risk of blowouts. Additionally, most tire and automotive shops will check your tire treads and functionality. They know what to look for in terms of how the rubber is reacting to the hotter temperature, such as cracks in tread or sides, air bubble bulges on tire sides and more.
Paint and Sealant
Whenever possible, park your vehicle under a shaded component or covered garage to protect your vehicle’s paint. Persistent exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can eat through your protective coating, thus causing color fading as well as the finish to crack and peel.
Plastic and Leather damage
Over time, the plastic areas of your dashboard and other interior elements can begin to crack due to UV damage. These areas can also become discolored
Car sensor and other electrical damage
Most vehicles have sensors that get damaged when heat reaches extremes. Newer vehicles even have touch screens, just like your touch screen phone, if subjected to suns excess heat would get damaged. Your favourite DVD just stopped working all of a sudden or does it freeze a lot these days? There is a 90% chance that the DVD itself has been sun damaged.
Gas is found in a car in liquid form, and any excessive heat emanating from the sun, and striking the car is likely to evaporate. This definitely calls for the owner to refill the gas which creates a cost which previously was anticipated. Fan belts are also not spared by parking the vehicle in an open scorching sun.