Winter maintenance guides abound for the preparation of vehicles for the season. Summer also presents unique road conditions and temperature extremes, however. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your car ready for the season of travel, simply follow these summer car tips.
Check Your Tires
If you live in an area prone to snow, you’ve likely installed winter tires for the duration of that season. These tires will wear out quickly on warm summer pavement. Ideally, you should have two sets of tires: one all-season set, and another for winter. Additionally, check both sets of tires for any significant signs of wear.
Of course, no summer car tips would feel complete without attention to the A/C. You likely didn’t use your A/C much in the winter. Check it at the start of the summer season to make sure it functions properly. Make note of any strange odors or noises, and take your vehicle to a mechanic if they become apparent.
You should make it a habit to check your fluid levels on a seasonal basis. You can check all the levels yourself, or take the car to a reputable mechanic for a better review. Your oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and wiper fluid should get the benefit of attention. Also, check your engine’s coolant level, as this fluid prevents against overheating. Throughout the summer, an overheated engine presents the most common reason for roadside distress.