Mitsubishi i-MiEV Maintenance: How to Protect Your Car from the Scorching Summer Heat
Efficient drivetrain and relatively low price tag are the two main selling point of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. It's a good investment for an electric car. Aside from that, an electric car like the i-MiEV is easier to maintain than traditional cars because they have longer intervals of maintenance schedules. But, just like any car, you still need to protect it from the scorching summer heat. Your car need protection from the heat and UV rays just like a human body. Here are some tips on how you can keep your car cool this summer:
- Blast the air conditioning system.
If you are going to survive the heat while driving, you need to make sure that your air conditioning system is working properly. Test the A/C by cranking it up and make sure that it can reach the maximum temperature. You should also make sure that each vent has proper air flow. If it's not maintaining the right temperature, this could mean that your car's refrigerant levels are low. Proper air conditioning is necessary not just for you and your passenger but also in protecting your car's interior. Some surfaces in your car's dashboard, for example, could get damaged when there's too much heat. You also avoid getting too fatigued for driving and thereby increasing driving safety.
- Check the fluids and top up when necessary.
Whether you are driving a traditional car or an electric one like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, you need to make sure that all the fluid levels are checked regularly. Yes, there are still liquids such as the windshield wiper fluids, battery fluids and brake fluids that need to be checked. Although, the maintenance interval for these are far in between as compared to traditional cars, it is still necessary to make sure that the level of these liquids are correct. Checking will also alert you early for signs of leak and damage. Also, during the summer, you will need your windshield washer fluid the most because of dust and grimes that could form in the windshield while driving. You also need your brakes to be 100% all the time so it makes sense to check on the fluid regularly.
- Never forget to inspect the tires.
You may be driving an electric car and it has fewer parts that require constant maintenance, but you still have to treat your tires the same way you will a traditional car. You should be aware that the changes in temperature can affect the air pressure levels in your tires. Driving an underinflated tire on a hot pavement combined with brake friction could cause a tire blowout. The same thing could happen if your tires are overinflated. Hence, it is important to always make sure that all your tires have the correct PSI level. You should also check the treads for any cracks, bulges and signs of uneven wear.
Since you are running an electric car, the battery is now your primary concern (instead of the engine) when it comes to maintenance. It's what makes your car function, after all. Most electric vehicles use automotive battery systems that utilize liquid coolant to maintain safe operating temperatures. These systems may require regular checks as they could fail any time. Check with your dealer or refer to your owner's manual for information about your battery's operating procedures as well as cycle life. Typically, though, these batteries are designed to last for the expected life span of the vehicle.