Hot Under the Hood

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Dear Bob,
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!
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
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.

Stay Connected with TDS

Subscribe to TDS Newsletters

Join over 250,000 other subscribers!

Join Fido!

Discounted movie tickets
Sign up for Savvy Savings at TDS and get a free membership for discounted movie tickets!

Your Email:

The Dollar Stretcher
Dollar Stretcher Parents
Dollar Stretcher Tips
Surviving Tough Times
Financial Independence
The Computer Lady
Computer Lady Lessons
Healthy Foods

Your Email:

View the TDS Privacy Policy.