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18 June 2019 05:33 pm

Car hacks for surviving summer in Qatar

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Car-care

Summers in Qatar means scorching heat, high temperature hitting in most cases 50 degrees, and warm nights with hot air blows. The full blast of summer has arrived in Qatar which means the high temperatures along with the occasional sandstorm can take a toll on your vehicle’s most important systems. Now it’s the high time to scrutinise a number of facts in your car, take some safeguards, and handle some issues with regard to make your vehicle all set for the warmer days of the summer.

We have combined a number of tips to protect your car from any damages that could happen and help it run smoothly and safely through summer. Ready to get started?

Check the coolant

    The radiator in your car needs water in coolant as it assists to keep the engine’s temperature low which makes it work all the way more effectively. Also carefully check your coolant level to ensure the store is full and if your coolant looks sludgy or oily, immediately take your vehicle to a workshop.

    Also, watch out for holes, especially at joints just as association focuses, for example, where a hose interfaces with the motor square. Besides, press the hoses from time to time to ensure they feel firm and not too much squishy or delicate.

    Get your car’s AC unit inspected

    Lack of air conditioning on a hot summer day can affect your health. So it’s better to get the whole air conditioning system checked and get everything settled before the hot days of the summer. Getting the cooling coil cleaned and unclogging the vents as well ducts and Topping up the AC gas, will improve the overall performance of your air conditioners.

    Don’t forget the car tires

    Tires are more prone to blowouts in the hot summer months, so take a good look at the tires of your car and if you notice any cracks, bubbles, it’s better to replace the tires and swap them with new ones. Worn out tires can be detrimental for your car balance, handling, and can cause blowouts especially on long roads.

    Get your oil and oil filter changed

    This is particularly important if your last oil change was a while ago since intense weather conditions can put extra demands on your oil and oil filter. The oil works to keep the car's engine parts lubricated while the filter works to capture harmful debris, dirt, and metal fragments that have finagled their way into the oil system. Therefore, a clean filter means more material gets picked up and more material getting picked up means cleaner oil, cleaner oil means a healthier, happier engine!

      Engine overheating?

      Hot temperatures and low coolant levels increase the risk of your engine overheating. If you see symptoms of an overheated engine—the temperature device rising; warning lights; steam billowing out from the hood- park your vehicle over to a safe place, turn off the engine, and then wait at least for half an hour to get it cool down fully before opening the hood. If your car's coolant levels are low, topping off the tank could do the trick, but if the tank is empty you might have sprung a leak and will need pro help.

      Sunny out?

      Spending time in the sun is just as bad for your car as it is for you, as sun damage can cause paint and interiors to fade. To prevent problems, park in a garage when possible and invest in a sunshade.

      Even with preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur, so it’s better to have a well-stocked emergency kit in your car. The kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools and a first aid kit.

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