Car care is important throughout the year. Each season brings a fair bit of changes in terms of weather and driving conditions. It’s also important to make sure that your car is always in good driving shape. Here are some essential car maintenance tips for summer.
Your tires are what keeps you on the road. It’s the only part of your car that is in contact with the road which is why it’s so important to choose the right tires and inspect them regularly. Your tires need to have enough tread, no bulges or cracks, and you should also check the pressure on a regular basis. Winter tires should only be used during the winter months and you need to fit summer tires as soon as the weather warms up and you get the green light from the local authorities.
The oil level and quality should be checked on a regular basis and oil changes should be done according to the vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines. When checking your oil, you need to do so when the engine is cold. This is best done in the morning before you start your car. Remove the dipstick, wipe it off, and insert it again before removing it to check the oil level. Inspect the color and viscosity of the oil. Regardless, oil needs to be changed after a set amount of time or mileage. The oil filter also needs to be changed regularly.
Hose and belt check
There are several hoses and belts that experience wear and tear every time you start the engine. Sometimes these parts break unexpectedly but, if a regular maintenance schedule is followed, you can replace worn belts and hoses before they let you down.
Your air filter needs to be changed regularly since it is bound to get clogged no matter what. In the winter, salt takes its toll on your filters in particular. So, when the warmer weather arrives, this is something you want your mechanic to check.
Spring and summer rain tends to come down by the bucket load which means that you need reliable wipers to keep your windscreen clear. Inspect your wipers for cracks and wear. Test them regularly to make sure that they aren’t missing any spots. Replace them regularly and always choose quality wipers for your car.
Your brakes are an essential part of vehicle safety. Each time you change your brakes, you will be informed that they will need to be replaced after covering a certain amount of mileage. If you notice that your brake pedal is soft or extremely hard; perhaps it rests too high or low or you notice an indicator light on your dashboard. These are all warning signs and you may even notice a strange noise. If you don’t have your brakes changed before you notice these signs, you should definitely have them tended to as soon as even the slightest issue arises.
Coolant and radiator
Your radiator and the coolant in your engine are needed for keeping your engine from getting too hot. This is even more important in the summer because of rising temperatures. Make sure that you check your radiator for any possible signs of damage and top up or replace the coolant before it gets too hot.
Your battery often loses some of its charge during the colder weather. On top of this, the summer heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery which also shortens its lifespan. By keeping the terminals of the battery clean, you will help extend its life.
You should have your air conditioner inspected before summer begins. This means that you should check the hoses, connections, and determine whether a refill is necessary. By doing this before it gets too hot, you will avoid a lot of unnecessary discomfort. Take note of any bad smells and make sure that you have your air conditioner checked if it starts to smell strange.
You might not need to keep a snow shovel in your car during the next few months but you will still need several emergency supplies. One of the most important ones is water. Now, when you leave a plastic bottle of water in your car, you need to take care not to consume it. This water is strictly for external use or to top up the water in your vehicle. If you want to keep drinking water in your car, you should take a fresh bottle each time you take a drive.
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