Hot Under the Hood
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I have a '97 Mercury with v8 under the hood. We live in the South and it get over 100 degrees here. When wife is aboard I use the air and it gets awful hot under the hood. I have a quirk that I raise the hood and leave the auto outside of the garage every time we return home. I figure that heat destroys a lot of things. So I believe I am doing the right thing to let this heat out from under the hood fast. This way the ignition wires and other things that heat destroys will last a few years more than usually. I am old enough not to have to buy another vehicle in my life time. Am I off my rocker or does this make sense to you?
A. C. in Shreveport La.
Sure, sounds like a logical thing to do, let the heat out! In NYC (Manhattan especially) I see the taxi cabs driving around with the hood open to the second latch. The also helps let the heat out, but I do not recommend driving around like that!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
Have a car care question? Visit our automotive center and see if we've already answered it or a similar question.
More Tips & Tools to Help You
Live Better...For Less
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- 5 frugal ways to expand your living space
- Top 10 DIY mistakes made by home 'handymen'
- How to hire an affordable, reliable housesitter
- Helping your adult children with housing
- 10 ways to cut the cost of cleaning
- Installing bathroom in-floor heat
- Natural homemade laundry soap recipes
- How to reduce heating bills this winter
- Find the best mortgage rates in your area
- 3 ways to use a mortgage calculator
- Mortgage calculator: Calculate your payment and more
- Home equity calculator: HELOC vs. line of credit
- Should I borrow from my home equity?
- How much can additional payments save me on my mortgage?
- Who offers the most home insurance discounts?