Prepping Your Car for Summer
Road trips and summer go hand in hand, so now is the time to ready your car for the demands of the season and your time on the road. Even if you plan to stay close to home this summer, your car still needs maintenance attention and some prep after carrying you through a soggy spring.
The change in season is a good reminder to review the recommended maintenance schedule in your car owner’s manual. If you are behind on recommended service like an oil change, make an appointment at your local service center or at a dealership. The technicians can get your car up to speed on delinquent maintenance as well as check your vehicle for potential problems. “Next to making sure you have gas in the tank, following the service schedule in your owner’s manual is the most critical thing you can do to make sure your car will get you to your destination,” according to David Muhlbaum, writer for Kiplinger.com.
Your tires are integral to a safe journey. Checking them regularly for proper inflation and signs of damage will help you prevent dangerous mishaps such as a flat tire or a blowout. Neglected tires can wear unevenly causing you to invest in new ones sooner than expected, diminish your vehicle’s performance, and put you and your passengers at risk. Plus, improperly inflated tires can decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, costing you more money at the pump. “Inspect all four tires and, if you have one, the spare tire as well. Look for cuts, gouges or sidewall bulges. Insert a quarter upside down into grooves to check tire tread. If you see the top of George Washington’s head, it is time for new tires,” advises AAA Automotive.
In addition to tires, your vehicle’s brake system is essential to your safety on the road. Get your brakes checked out by an automotive professional, especially if they are making a grinding noise or putting out excessive vibrations, according to AAA Automotive.
As the temperature rises outside, so will the temperature inside your cabin. To help ensure you and your passengers are cool and comfortable on hot summer days, review how your vehicle’s air conditioning system is working. If it’s not blasting out quality cold air, then head to a service bay ASAP. “One thing you can do to maximize air flow is to make sure the cabin filter is clean. Designed to keep pollen, dust and other crud out of your car, these filters are usually found in the glove compartment or the engine compartment and require no mechanical knowledge whatsoever to replace,” according to Muhlbaum.
If your windshield wipers are damaged, old, or worn, they won’t do an effective job at wiping away rain and dirt. Don’t risk your visibility and safety to inferior windshield wipers. Review the quality of your blades, and if they are lacking, replace them immediately. NAPA recommends changing your vehicle’s blades at least twice a year — winter and summer. You’ll also want to check if the windshield wiper fluid basin is full.
With a little prep before summer starts, you’ll be more confident your car is ready for the new season and operating as best as it can!
This article is presented by VanDevere Auto Group.