As we approach summer and the weather starts to warm up, it’s important to make sure your car is ready to handle the heat. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your car for summer:
- Monitor fluid levels:
It’s important to monitor the coolant/antifreeze levels in your vehicle, especially during the hot summer months. If you find that coolant levels are too low, it could be a sign of a leak or other serious problems with engine components, so have your vehicle checked by a professional as soon as possible.
- Check tires
Extreme cold and weather fluctuations can be tough on tires, leaving them flat after winter. Make sure they’re at the recommended air pressure and tread levels before you hit the road in the spring and summer.
- Service the air conditioning system
The last thing you want is to be stuck in a hot car with no AC. Before the first heatwave hits, make sure your air conditioning is working. It’s also a good idea to have your air conditioning system serviced to ensure that it’s running at its best.
- Check and clean the battery
The heat can be hard on your car’s battery, so make sure it’s in good condition and that the connections are clean.
- Inspect wiper blades
Keeping the snow, road salt, sleet and rain off your windshield during the winter puts a lot of strain on your windshield wipers. When going into the warm weather season, take a look at your wiper blades and see if they’re looking dull or are in need of replacement.
- Check the brakes
Warmer weather often means more driving, and that means more wear and tear on your brakes. Take note of any issues you might have when braking and have your brakes inspected and serviced if necessary.
- Wax your car
This finishing touch has numerous benefits. Waxing will add shine, preserve the paint, repel water, protect from UV rays and fill any surface scratches your vehicle might have. A coat of wax will keep your car’s paint looking new for years to come, even when left exposed to hot direct sunlight for hours at a time.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your car is ready to handle the warmer weather and keep you safe and comfortable on the road.
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