(ARA) - While summer at its end, many motorists are unaware that their cars may be experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion. From batteries to tires, heat takes a toll on vehicles.
Before you head out for your next road trip, AutoZone recommends performing a few proactive checks to help prevent a costly and unpleasant breakdown.
A vehicle may experience very subtle signs of battery failure that usually go unnoticed, therefore, drivers should make a battery condition check a part of their cars' regular maintenance schedule.
Motorists who are concerned that their batteries may be failing should get them checked or replaced immediately.
One of the key functions of motor oil is to transfer heat away from the hot points within the engine so it can run cooler and operate efficiently. Using a lower viscosity, full synthetic engine oil such as Mobil 1 Advance Fuel Economy can protect critical engine parts, even at temperatures as high as 500 degrees.
Jody Devere, CEO of Ask Patty, an automotive advice website, recommends checking and maintaining critical vehicle components as the hot summer comes to an end.
"Many vehicle components can be weakened during continuous days of hot weather," Devere says. "Checking and replacing key vehicle components in early fall can uncover any damage that occurred during the hot summer months."