Summer Driving/High Temperature Tips from Battery Corrosion Guard™

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Here in the US we are in mid-summer and temperature records are being broken all over, and at the same time - if we can afford the gas - Americans are in the peak of the travel season. Here are a few things to keep in mind from Battery Corrosion Guard™ to keep your vehicle happy.

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Vacations, that trip to grandma’s house - or perhaps to the beach, have us torturing our cars, SUVs and RVs in the heat. They say the best defense is a good offense. That is very true of your vehicle! Before you go is the time to avoid trouble. Checking the critical things before you leave town is the best way to avoid dealing with them when you really intended to be lying on the beach.

Start with the fluid levels. Does the radiator have sufficient coolant? A 50/50 ratio mixture of the proper coolant for your vehicle and water is the best. This can be purchased in the 50/50 mixture ratio at your local auto parts store. Making sure that your coolant has an additive package will promote the life of your cooling system.

Windshield washer fluid (again, not just water) will help to clean the windshield if you run into a cloud of June bugs, great big grasshoppers, or just the dust of some less traveled back dirt roads.

We all know how important brake fluid is. Your reservoir should be full and pretty clear and clean. If you have any doubts or questions, have a pro look at it. It takes all the fun out of going if you can’t stop.

It’s a good idea to have your battery (our specialty) tested if it’s more than three years old. If the terminals are corroded, disconnect and clean them with some baking soda plus vinegar or water. Scrape the terminals with a battery post tool so all the corrosion is removed.

Rinse and make sure the terminals are dry. Then, apply a coating of Battery Corrosion Guard to the post and all over the terminal. Tighten the terminals securely to the posts. You may also apply Battery Corrosion Guard to any of your battery mounting hardware that may be affected by corrosion. Unless you pressure wash or disconnect the terminals, your battery may wear out before you need to apply more Battery Corrosion Guard.

Before you close the hood, give close inspection to the hoses for leaks, cracks, or loose clamps. Check the belts for wear and proper tension. Don’t forget the tire air pressure. It has a big effect on how the tires wear. Under inflated tires decrease fuel economy, decrease tire life, and can cause over-heating – the end result of which can be a blow out.

Last, but not least - have a good time! You can relax knowing that you gave attention to the important things before you left.

*Company information: Battery Corrosion Guard is manufactured just outside of Spokane Washington

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