Keeping our cars in top shape is important year-round. However, when it comes to summertime there are some specific considerations to take into account.
The Automotive Training Center suggests the following
- Keep your engine cool – keeping an eye on coolant levels under the hood is important. Make sure that you check and top off coolant levels every few weeks.
- Have the AC unit inspected – An AC system that’s on its way out won’t last through the heat of the summer. It pays to get it inspected by a certified technician to remain cool throughout the summer.
- Replace your windshield wipes – Summer thunderstorms are known for their rain-dumping nature. Switch out your wiper blades for a new set, especially if the same pair has already served you for several seasons.
- Change your oil more frequently – If you are spending long hours driving, or just tend to drive shorter trips more often in the summer, your oil change frequency needs to adjust accordingly. During summer travel, follow your manual’s summertime maintenance schedule for your car which can be found inside its owner’s manual.
- Check your tires – As temperatures climb into the 80s and 90s, your tires are at a higher risk for a blowout. This makes monitoring pressure levels paramount. Using your vehicle’s onboard monitoring system is great, but you also want to use a manual gauge to check the pressure at least once a month during hotter weather.
Following these tips will not only help to keep your car running without issue through these hot months and make you feel more confident while driving.