Spring is right around the corner and before you know it’ll be summer. Lots of people travel during the summer and nothing can ruin a good vacation like car troubles. Even if you aren’t planning a trip just yet, summer heat can take it’s toll on your automobile. It’s important that you get your vehicle ready for the upcoming season so we thought it was a good time to list some tips and reminders that will ensure your car is nice and happy this summer!
Check/change your fluids! Keeping up to date on your cars regular maintenance is always a good idea but especially during the hot season. Changing your oil and oil filter regularly, according to your vehicle’s owner manual, will eliminate many of the problems you may run into caused by day-to-day use.
Coolant can be especially important during the summer heat for obvious reasons. Keeping your engine cool during summer is of paramount importance! Stay on top of all your regular maintenance but coolant is a biggie for the season.
Pay attention to your tires. Putting air in your tires is not only a great way to save money on gas, but it also helps your tires last longer. During the summer, and depending on how hot it gets in your neck of the woods, tire’s pressure can fluctuate with changing temperatures. An under-inflated tire bulges outward and puts undo pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. Also there tends to be more debris on the roads during summer and your tires can easily get beat up. Always make sure that you have a spare tire, jack and tire iron in your vehicle. Nothing is more frustrating, and sometimes dangerous, when you get a flat and have no means of fixing it.
Check your hoses for leaks, cracks or loose connections. Your hoses should be firm, never soft. Also check for signs of corrosion. The end of the hoses near the clamps are the most vulnerable areas, so pay close attention to the connections.
According to Consumer Reports, belts become at risk of damage after 36,000 miles. Check all your belts for crakes, separation of layers or inconsistencies. Belts should not be excessively smooth or slick.
Depending on where you live, summer storms can come out of nowhere and catch a driver by surprise. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly. Check the blades to see if they need to be replaced. It’s better to do it now than when you are trapped in a rain storm.
Check your brakes. In most instances it’s better to let a professional check your brakes since they know state law requirements of thickness of brakes and the different specifics for different models of vehicles. Brakes are probably the single most important feature on your car when it comes to safety.
Make sure you have a sun screen in your vehicle to place in the window. Sometimes the only place to park is right in the sun and if you leave your vehicle parked for long periods ofd time in the sun, you can sustain significant damage. The interior of your car can really heat up in the summer, cracks and other cosmetic problems may occur. Park in shaded areas whenever possible.
It’s important to have your vehicle regularly check by auto professionals, the more you know about your vehicle the easier it is to identify potential problems. Knowing your car’s systems will also help you communicate better to your auto specialist.Preparing Your Vehicle for the Summer