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
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