To get the most out of the summer driving season, you’ll want to ensure that your car is working at peak condition. What kinds of things should you check out before heading out for your annual vacation or a weekend getaway? This vehicle maintenance checklist will outline what you need to cover to make sure your car is good to go.
Vehicle Maintenance Checklist for Summer Driving: What to Check
1. Change your oil.
This is one of the most basic (and important) elements of your regular maintenance. Regular oil changes are necessary to keep the internal parts of your engine working properly without overheating.
2. Replace your windshield wipers.
Dealing with winter snow and ice can damage your wipers. You don’t want to be driving in a downpour and discover that your wipers can’t clear your windshield properly.
3. Check your air conditioning.
Don’t wait until summer heat hits in full force to discover that the air conditioning in your car needs to have the coolant topped up. Turn it on now to make sure that it is running properly.
4. Inspect your tires.
Check the treads for signs of wear or bulges. Replace if necessary. You should also check the air pressure in your tires regularly. Changes in temperature from day to night can cause tires to lose pressure more quickly and result in lower gas mileage.
5. Check the coolant.
Take your car in for servicing and have your technician check the coolant level. Have it topped up, if necessary. During the summer months, it is harder for the engine to stay cool. So this is a necessary step on the vehicle maintenance checklist.
6. Check the belts and hoses for signs of damage.
Ask your technician to inspect your belts and hoses for cracks, leaks and swelling. Summer heat has the potential to make these types of pre-existing situations worse, and you run the risk of a breakdown if you don’t have them repaired now.
7. Check your battery.
Make sure that your battery is in good shape as well.
As your technician works through your vehicle maintenance before you head out for the summer, he will let you know of any other issues that you need to deal with. With regular service and repairs, you will be less likely to run into major expenses with your car.
Call us to set up an appointment for a tune-up or any other auto service or auto repair needs you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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