Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer
Usually, the vehicle will inform us with dashboard notifications if something is wrong with it. It can tell us when it needs its oil changed, tires rotated, or engine checked. But there are still some things which we may forget to do, for example, to prepare our cars for the upcoming seasons. Now that the temperature is rising, here is a checklist of things to do and prepare your vehicle for the summer. Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician
One of the most important preparations for summer includes your vehicle’s AC System. When it gets too hot outside or before you take your car on a long road trip, check your air conditioning first. If you notice the air does not feel cool enough, it could be something as simple as needing more refrigerant. It is better to have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
Overheating is very common in summer times. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) Never remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot! A professional mechanic should check drive belts, clamps, and hoses.
Oil should be changed per your owner’s manual (about every 3,000 miles). It is essential to check the oil level regularly, especially if you are planning a road trip.
Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, more often in dusty conditions. If you have hard starting, rough idling, stalling, etc.), try to fix it before.
A dirty or broken windshield can be dangerous for your safety. Replace worn blades and top of the windshield washer fluid.
Check all lights and bulbs ; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Rotate the tire s every 5,000 miles. Rotating and balancing them regularly improves fuel efficiency and handling as well. Check tire pressures once a month. Always carry a spare tire as well and the jack stand. Make sure that your spare tire is properly inflated. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
Check your owner’s manual when the brakes should be inspected. If you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance, try to fix it immediately.
Batteries can fail at any time of year. But the rise in the temperature can take a toll on it. To avoid having issues with starting your car, stop by your local auto store to have it tested. Many stores will test it for free. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
Carry some necessary tools such as flashlight, orange warning triangles, blanket, pressure gauge, first-aid supplies, and light sticks. Also, include a first aid kit. Also ensure you have a jack, jumper cables , and a spare tire in good condition.
Most automobiles come with these things nowadays, but not always, especially if you buy a pre-owned vehicle.
It is also essential to keep your car clean and waxed as it will protect the paint from the sun’s damaging rays.