Summer is approaching fast, and you need to make sure your vehicle is prepared. It is easy to overlook the stress summer puts on your car; for example, consider the heat, the dust, and the hectic traffic that usually comes with summer vacations. All of these stresses could strain your vehicle and could lead to engine failure.
Do not fret, you can take steps to reduce your vehicle’s risk of breaking down during this summer by taking the following precautionary steps.
The AC System
The AC system is going to be working overtime during the summer. This means your system needs to be in great shape by when the heat comes. A poorly maintained AC could easily crumble under the summer heat and your demands. Have the system checked just in case.
The Vehicle’s Cooling System
The sun’s heat can make it easier for a car to overheat. The one thing standing in the way of a good car ride and your car breaking down due to overheating is a good cooling system. You need to have this system checked to make sure there are no leaks, that the radiator is working well, and the antifreeze levels are perfect.
Engine Oil Needs to be Checked
You also want to pay attention to your vehicle’s oil levels. The oil helps lubricate all moving parts in your car and helps prevent overheating as well as premature degradation. You need to make sure you have your mechanic check this before the summer season. Depending on your make and model, oil may need to be changed every 3,000 miles.
Engine Performance Inspected
You should also make sure the engine is in good condition. During the summer, dust levels rise, so you want to pay attention to all filters such as the air, fuel, and the PCV filter. Not taking care of your engine could lead to rough or hard starts or even stalling.
Checking the Windshield Wipers
You may think that windshield wipers are only important during the rainy season, but summer is the high-dust season, so windshields get dirty. Your wipers should be in good condition so you can clean your glass.
Lights are Important
Make sure you replace your lights, and be sure to clean any lenses to help improve visibility during the night.
Tires are Vital
Tires need to be rotated every 5,000 miles, and the pressure needs to be checked monthly, especially during the summer since heat tends to increase pressure. Be sure to have threading check because driving on superheated roads can be detrimental to your tires.
Checking on Your Brakes
Everyone knows how important brakes are, no matter the season. You need to be on top of your brakes and have them inspected should you feel pulsations or hear noises coming from them. Any issue with your brakes could be dangerous.
Having Your Battery Checked
You do not want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere under the summer heat because your battery went out on you. All you have to do is have your battery checked every so often, and make sure that corrosion is cleaned off the posts.
Emergencies to Consider
It is important that you carry tools that could help during an emergency, like a first aid kit or flares no matter the time of the year.
Following the tips above should prepare your car for the summer and increase your chances of having uninterrupted fun.