Tips on Preventing Your Car From Breaking Down in the Arizona Heat  

When you're preparing for more time on the road in Arizona, you likely don't want to become stranded in the heat. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to predict when your vehicle will start to malfunction and develop issues under the hood. Fortunately, there are still a few tips to follow to improve your car's reliability to ensure you can continue to get around.

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Hire a professional mechanic to schedule a maintenance check of your vehicle to determine if any issues are present under the hood. Whether your tires are low on air or your oil needs to be changed, a professional can get your vehicle in tip-top shape to ensure it's ready to be driven in the Arizona heat. The mechanic will also top off all of the fluids to ensure the car can cool the engine and isn't at risk of breaking down. The coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid are common fluids to top off every few months.

Test the Battery

Testing your battery every week will allow you to determine when it's time to replace it. The battery can quickly start to lose its power over time and can cause you to end up on the side of the road in the middle of the desert. Most car batteries have an average lifespan of three years if they're maintained well but can become drained when exposed to too much heat in warmer climates.

It's also necessary to keep an eye on your brakes to determine when the pads need to be replaced. Once they start to squeak and make noise as you apply pressure to them, it's a sign they've reached the end of their lifespan.

Park in the Shade

Always look for areas where shade is present when you need to park your vehicle to prevent the sun from beating down on the vehicle's parts. If possible, use a car cover if you plan to leave the car parked for more than one day. When your car is parked at your home, keep it stored in the garage or under an awning to keep the parts cool during the year's warmer months.

If you want to learn more about how to prevent your car from breaking down in the Arizona heat, feel free to contact our team of experts today. We're here to assist you in maintaining your vehicle and can also help you explore our extensive inventory of vehicles at our dealership.