Get Your Vehicle Ready for the Summer Heat

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Beat the heat in Seattle, WA.

Lucky for us, we live in Seattle! That means our summertime temperatures are the envy of much of the country. However, we do experience surprise days where temperatures reach an uncomfortable level, especially when we aren’t prepared for them. Furthermore, because we live in an area where we don’t normally worry about air conditioning, when we do need it most, we might have forgotten to see if it still works!


Let’s go over some A/C system basics and things to look out for now that we are in the warmer months of the year. Keep your eyes, ears, and nose peeled for some of these A/C system clues!

Should I service my A/C system?

We generally recommend that you service your vehicle’s A/C system at least once a year, preferably before summer begins! Your A/C system will give you some telltale signs there is an issue when things begin to go south. Pay attention to the way things sound and the temperature of the air, and look for these specifics.


Your A/C system needs service if:

  • The air temperature won’t get cold

  • There are strange sounds under the hood when you turn the A/C system on

  • The air won’t blow at all when you turn the fans on

  • There are strange smells and or debris coming from the A/C vents

What else can I do to keep my vehicle cool in summer?

There are some great ways to keep your vehicle cool in summer, and some of them aren’t very expensive at all! Here are a couple of suggestions!


Three ways to keep your vehicle cool during summer:

  1. Consider lightly tinting your windows (within legal limits)

  2. Purchase some “Automotive Window Sunshades or Window Visors”

  3. Buy seat covers for vehicles with Vinyl, Leather, and faux leather interiors

So, enjoy your summer in Seattle. Get out and have fun with the family, and take a day trip to Portland, Vancouver, and beyond! When it’s time to get your vehicle ready for the remainder of summer, visit your trusted auto repair center of choice!

Come to High Road Automotive in Seattle, WA, and we will service your vehicle’s A/C system the right way! We pride ourselves on ultra-thorough work and attention to detail that’s been our calling card since we opened. Please schedule an appointment today and see what makes us so popular in Ballard!


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