As the summer comes on with a vengeance, you will want to ensure that your car is ready for the scorching heat. Here are ten tips that will allow you to keep your vehicle in top-notch shape through June, July, and August.
1) Top Off Your Fluids
Ensure that all of your fluids are topped off before you embark on a road trip. In addition to the oil, check the brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.
2) Check the Battery
Batteries that are more than a few years old will likely have problems holding a charge. Auto repair shops can usually test your battery to see if it should be replaced in the near future. Corrosive buildup on the battery terminals should be removed with an abrasive brush.
3) Install New Wiper Blades
Worn wiper blades will be dangerously ineffective in even light rain. If the old ones are not in contact with the glass, swap them out for new ones before the first serious summer storm.
4) Test the Air Conditioning
Try out the air conditioning to ensure it’s working properly. If the vents do not blow cold air, you will likely need a system recharge. Mechanics can also check for leaks.
5 Change the Oil at Appropriate Intervals
Try to change your oil every 3,000 miles or so. Consult the owner’s manual for advice. Regular oil changes will almost certainly extend the life of the engine.
6) Check the Gas Cap
An ill-fitting gas cap can mess with your vehicle’s emissions control system. Check to ensure that the cap still falls into place as it should.
7) Put Together an Emergency Kit
Spare tires, flares, flashlights, and jumper cables are always good items to have in the trunk. Emergencies can strike at any time.
8) Protect the Paint
Give your car a good washing and waxing before the summer begins. Try to also keep your vehicle out of direct sunlight to protect the paint from degrading.
9) Check the Tire Pressure
Ensure that your tires are always properly inflated. Problems with tire pressure can lead to safety issues and poor gas mileage.
10) Get a Tune-Up
Finally, head to Lament’s Auto Service & Repair, Inc., in Wayne, PA for a tune-up. Lament’s can ensure that your vehicle is firing on all cylinders. Afterwards, you can head off on a grand family road trip without worrying about mechanical problems.