Summertime is here and it’s time for fun. Whether you are trying to show of your ride around town or getting ready for vacations and road trips to the beach it is important to keep your car cool for the summer. Check out some these car care tips for the summer.
De-winterize your car
One of the first steps in getting your car ready for summer is to de-winterize it. This means taking off winter tires for summer tires. Check underneath the car for build up of road salts, which eat away metal and can make the engine run hotter as well. Be sure to check the air filter for salt as well. You can clean the car’s undercarriage with a hose, a pressure washer, or have it cleaned at a car wash. De-winterizing is just one of the first steps for summer car care.
Many people associate dead batteries and jump starts with the winter but it is just as important to care for your car’s battery in the summer. Heat can cause a batteries fluid to evaporate faster and cause chemical reactions to speed up resulting in an overcharge. In order to keep your battery in good health it is important to clean it: scrape away corrosion, wipe the terminals, and make sure the battery is tight and secured as vibrations can cause issues as well.
Keep Your Car Cool
Summer and heat adds stress to you car engines and keeping it from overheating is one the best things you can do to care for your care for your car in the summer. Check and replace any damaged belts or hoses, as these are part of the cars cooling system. Also check fluids such as coolants as well for proper levels and refer to the owner’s manual to see when you should flush your radiator. Fluids keep your car cool and all the parts lubricated. Check and replace any filters and be sure to change your oil when necessary. A cool engine is vital for summertime car care.
Be sure to park you car in the shade and away from heat as well when you are not using it.
While it’s important to keep your car cool it’s just as important to keep yourself and passengers cool as well during these hot months. This keeps everyone comfortable and helps the driver stay alert. One of the most common problems with air conditioners is a low level of refrigerant. Due to the complexities of air conditioning units it is best to have to it checked out by a professional.
Proper care of your tires might be one of the easiest yet most ignored thing you can do for your car. Under-inflated tires decrease fuel mileage, reduce handling and breaking, and can cause over-eating which results in blowouts. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If the treading on your tires is uneven then you most likely need to have your tires aligned. It is suggested to rotate your tires every 5,000 as well.
With summer come crazy storms and downpours. Check and replace your wipers as necessary, especially after the toll that winter weather takes on them. After all you can’t drive safely if you can’t see where you’re going. It is best to replace the entire the wiper when it is time to change it.
For any more help with summer car care or other issues make sure to consult the professionals.
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