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Summer-Proof Your Car: Top Tips for a Trouble-Free Driving Experience

With the arrival of summer, it is important to prepare your vehicle for the hot season and prolonged journeys. A well-maintained car performs better and keeps you trouble-free on the road. This post presents top tips to summer-proof your vehicle and help you enjoy a trouble-free driving experience this summer.

Maintain Your Cooling System

With the arrival of summer, it is important to check the coolant level and if needed flush and replace it with a new one.

Inspect Hoses and Belts - Cracks, leaks and excessive wear are signs that hoses and belts must be replaced.

The radiator should be cleaned to avoid overheating. Wipe off any deposits and check for adequate airflow.

Maintain Your Air Conditioning System

Blow air through the air-conditioning to ensure it is cold. Should it fail, a refrigerant recharge may be required.

For clean air and maximum efficiency, the cabin air filter needs to be replaced.

Check Your Tire

Inflate Tire: Inflate the tire to the recommended pressure. Proper tire inflation is not only safe for driving but also enhances fuel economy.

Tire Wear: Check the depth of the tread and look out for uneven wear. The tires should be rotated or replaced if needed.

Spare Tire: The spare tire should be in sound condition and inflated to the recommended pressure.

Maintain Your Battery and Electrical System

Maintain Your Battery and Electrical System

Check Battery A faulty or old battery will give you trouble in the long run. The battery should be checked for corrosion and a good charge. Remove deposits by cleaning the terminals and replacing the battery if it is over three years old.

Inspect Lights, Signals and Other Electrical Items - All electrical items should function properly.

Fluid Level and Oil Replacement

Oil Replacement: For optimum engine performance and engine protection, the oil and oil filter should be changed regularly.

Brake Fluid Top Off and Replacement, Power Steering Fluid Top Off and Replacement, Transmission Fluid Top Off and Replacement: Most vehicles have brake and power steering fluid reservoirs while some have transmission fluid reservoirs. These fluids should be checked and topped off as necessary. If the fluids are dirty or old, they should be replaced with new ones.

Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid

Check and replace wiper blades if they are worn to ensure you can see out of your windshield during those summer downpours.

Refill windshield washer fluid. Use a different type of washer fluid during the summer months and keep extra on hand to maintain a clean windshield.

Wash and Wax Car, Dress Tires

Wash your car, and wax if not already waxed. This will help to protect the paint finish from the UV rays of the summer sun.

Vacuum and clean the interior of your car, paying extra attention to remove any salt, dirt or debris from winter. Dress tires with a tire shine product to help protect them from early sun rays. You may also consider purchasing sunshades for your car to help keep the sun off of the dashboard and seats.

It is very important to prepare your car for each distinct season, especially for the summer months. Following these simple tips will help ensure your car performs well and help keep you and your passengers safe. A little bit of preventive maintenance goes a long way toward ensuring you enjoy your summer travels, hassle hassle and worry free. If you are in need of any mechanic service, please stop by our shop or give us a call today. We look forward to serving you with the highest level of customer service and mechanical expertise.

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