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As it gets hotter and the days get longer, it’s time to prepare your car for the summer season. Proper car maintenance is crucial to ensure optimal performance, reliability, and safety during the hot months ahead. From checking fluid levels to inspecting tires, taking a few simple maintenance tasks can help you avoid breakdowns, maximize fuel efficiency, and enjoy a worry-free summer on the road. Here are some essential tips to get your car ready for summer.
Hot weather puts additional stress on your car’s fluids, making it vital to check and top them up as needed. Start by inspecting the engine oil level and condition, ensuring it is within the recommended range and clean. Verify the coolant/antifreeze level and make sure it’s suitable for warmer temperatures. Remember to check brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid levels as well, and refill or replace them if necessary.
Heat can accelerate battery fluid evaporation and decrease battery life. Have your battery tested to ensure it’s in good condition and holds a proper charge. Clean any corrosion from the terminals and ensure a secure connection. If your battery is several years old or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected breakdowns.
A functioning air conditioning system is essential for a comfortable summer driving experience. Test your car’s AC system to ensure it blows cold air and the fan speed adjusts correctly. If you notice any issues, such as weak airflow or warm air, have a professional inspect and service the system to keep it running efficiently throughout the summer.
Hot pavement and long road trips can put extra stress on your tires. Start by inspecting the tread depth and overall condition of each tire. Make sure that they are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, as underinflated tires can lead to reduced fuel efficiency and increased risk of blowouts. Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well. If your tires are worn out or nearing their lifespan, consider replacing them for optimal performance and safety.
Summer brings road trips, beach outings, and outdoor adventures, which can take a toll on your car’s exterior. Wash your car thoroughly to remove dirt, debris, and corrosive substances like salt or bird droppings. Apply a coat of wax to protect the paint from the sun’s UV rays. Don’t forget to clean the windows, including the inside, for maximum visibility.
Ensure your car’s emergency kit is up to date and stocked with essentials such as a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, flashlight, first aid supplies, and a roadside assistance contact. Verify that all exterior lights are working correctly, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.
Taking the time to get your car ready for summer can save you from unexpected breakdowns, costly repairs, and discomfort on the road. Let the mechanical experts of Mighty Auto Pro help prepare your car for summer and keep it running smoothly all summer long. We do everything from routine maintenance tasks such as oil and filter changes to auto repair services such as engine and transmission repair.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.