As temperatures rise in the GCC region, it’s important to remember that summer poses more than just sweat and discomfort; it also requires a special care regimen for your vehicle. If you have a luxury car, you will need to take a few extra steps.
Here are six ways to ensure your luxury nameplate stays in tip-top condition, no matter how hot it gets outside.
Beware of hot leather
One of the key differentiators in the cabin between luxury and economy vehicles is the seats. The latter tends to have simple cloth seats, while the former comes with a variety of high-end options, including classic leather and Alcantara in the case of Lincoln.
While the finest seat materials can look beautiful and feel great to rest on, there are certain care protocols that need to be followed, especially if your car spends a lot of time parked outside in the sun (more on that below).
The first order of business is to invest in a trusted brand of leather cleaners and conditioners. If you’re traveling this summer and don’t have a shady place to leave your car, it might be worth purchasing a seat cover for added protection while the vehicle rests unused.
Aerate your filter
With dusty winds blowing sand across GCC roads, summer can be taxing on your vehicle’s air filter. It may be made of paper, but the air filter serves a crucial purpose, including protecting your engine’s cylinders, walls, pistons, and piston rings from harmful dirt particles. A clean air filter is also essential for a working air conditioning system.
If this filter becomes clogged, it will affect your vehicle’s ability to get enough air into the engine, reducing its efficiency. More fuel will be consumed as less power is produced.
If you feel a drop in engine economy, take your vehicle to the nearest local Lincoln Service Center to have the air filter checked.
stay in the shade
Prolonged exposure to the sun can dull your vehicle’s paint over time. It can also damage interior materials such as leather. If you live in a building, make sure you always park inside the basement or in a multi-story lot. If you can’t park indoors, a well-placed windshield shade can protect your steering wheel, dashboard, and front seats from the worst of sunny weather.
Keep your conditioning fresh
This one may be obvious, but it bears repeating: For the sake of you, your passengers, and the vehicle, take your car to the nearest Lincoln Service Center as soon as you feel the air conditioning’s effectiveness has decreased.
A weak or non-functioning air conditioner can be a symptom of a serious problem, such as a leak, a faulty compressor, something blocking the condenser inlet, or a minor problem, such as low refrigerant gas.
Remember, a working air conditioner is not just about comfort, health and safety; it is also necessary to help keep the engine cool.
Oil well that ends well
A combustion engine is put under a lot of stress to power its travels at the best of times, and friction between moving parts contributes to wear. When you add dust, heat, and humidity to the equation, you put yourself under even more stress.
Depending on its quality and consistency, motor oil typically needs to be changed every 10,000 miles. If your car needs a change this summer, it’s worth doing it a couple of hundred miles sooner rather than later. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and keeping it fresh is essential for driving in tough conditions.
There’s no worse feeling than getting into your car to escape 45-degree heat, pressing the power button, and hearing a dreaded pop.
A battery may not be something we think about on a regular basis, it normally needs to be changed about every 12 to 18 months, but hot weather can speed up the degradation of its power.
The next time you take your car in for an oil change, air filter check, or for any other reason, ask the Lincoln technician to give your battery a quick check for corrosion around the terminals, the water level and retaining strap. .
It’s also worth keeping the jumper cables in the trunk; they can be incredibly useful as a quick fix if you don’t have time to wait for a new battery to arrive and install.