It’s no secret that auto repair shops are busier in the summer months. The summer heat takes it’s toll on cars, and leads to more breakdowns, blowouts, and other unpleasant experiences, but it doesn’t have to! Use these summer car care tips to help ensure that your summer goes as smoothly as possible!
Coolant and Radiator Hoses – Hot weather will make your engine coolant evaporate quicker than it normally would. Check your coolant levels every 2nd or 3rd time you stop for gas. Also don’t forget to inspect your radiator hoses for blisters, bumps, leaks, or other imperfections. Replace the hose immediately should these symptoms arise to keep yourself from overheating and breaking down!
Belts – The rubber belts on your car are also susceptible to damage from the summer heat. Check your belts by using your fingers to turn a part of the belt sideways when the car is off, and inspect both sides of the belt. If it looks worn, frayed, or cracked, replace the belt immediately to avoid problems down the road!
Batteries – The summer heat is a battery killer! If your battery is 3 or more years old, have it replaced just to be on the safe side. If your battery is fairly new, be sure to have it tested just to be sure. If all is well, you at least have peace of mind that your car’s battery won’t fail you!
Air Conditioning – Does your AC seem warmer than it used to? Don’t forget to have your A/C serviced! Not only will this increase your comfort level, but it will also prevent problems such as your A/C compressor seizing and breaking your new belt!
Tire Pressure – Make sure your tire pressure is at the correct level. Driving around on under-inflated or over-inflated tires can lead to problems from blowouts to decreased gas mileage and increased tread wear. The correct tire pressure for your vehicle can be found in the owners manual, or with a quick search on the internet!