Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to get your car prepared for the harsh heat that is already simmering us in the Midwest. Intense heat can accelerate wear and tear on many aspects of your vehicle, including damage to hoses and drive belts. The workload of your coolant system will increase, and air in your tires will expand due to the heat. So the question is, what should you do to get your car ready for the summer?
Step 1: Wash off the Grime
Rain does not count as cleaning your car. Old grime, road contaminants and even winter road salt can damage the clear coat, paint and undercarriage, which is not good. There’s no better time than the summer to really detail your vehicle and get all that mess off. I mean, what’s a better way to spend a Sunday than being out in the sun, enjoying the weather, and really scrubbing down your car?
Step 2: Take a Look Under the Hood
Something that can be done on the same day that you give your car a good clean is an under the hood inspection. You’re going to want to check these major items: the battery, oil, coolant, and brake fluid. These are all fairly simple to check and work on if necessary, and if you feel intimidated by the thought of working on your car give us a call for assistance.
Step 3: Make Sure Your A/C Works
Let’s be real, having a car with an A/C system that doesn’t work during the summer is ROUGH. If there’s any weird noises or strange odors, go and get it fixed or try and look into it yourself. Just don’t let it go without doing some investigating, as ignoring these small issues can result in much larger, more expensive issues down the road.
Step 4: Check Your Tires
Especially if you run specific summer tires, be sure to check the wear and pressure before throwing them back on your vehicle. Regardless, as the weather changes so too will the pressure of your tires, so be sure to keep them within tolerance. The proper tire pressure should be in your owner’s manual, or on the sidewalls of the tires themselves.
Step 5: Check Your Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid
With ever-changing Midwest weather, you could be clearing everything from dust to rain to hale in the matter of a day. Check the wiper fluid reservoir and top it off if necessary to ensure visibility, and take a close look at the wiper blades, too. In most cases, it’s recommended to replace these in the winter, since the heat can dry out the rubber, but with summer storms blowing around, you should consider replacing them now. Run the wipers with the fresh washer fluid and see whether or not they streak the windshield. If they streak, they need to be replaced.
Are You Ready?
Follow these steps for a safe summer with your vehicle. If you need any help with the steps above feel free to contact us. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to assist you.