When the thermometer rises and the stars disappear, your car will be ready for the summer with this checklist! For most people, the idea of a vacation means packing away the work clothes and getting your car ready for its annual summertime wash. But what do you need to know beyond a summertime car wash routine? We're going to go over it in detail.
It's finally time for summer break. Whether you're heading out on a road trip or just buying a new wardrobe and going away on vacation, one thing is sure: it's going to get hotter outside in no time! What are you waiting for? Get your car ready now, so it's not sitting in some garage gathering dust come late July.
1. Change your oil and oil filter
Summer is coming! Oil and oil filter changing is especially crucial if it has been a long since your last oil change. Intense weather conditions apply more demand on your oil and oil filter. The filter will also clog up over time and start to restrict the flow of oil through your car's engine. No car needs a restricted oil supply; it can cause serious damage or even stop your car from running! So, if you've got an upcoming vacation, why not get that dirty job out of the way?
2. Check your fluid levels
Summer is hot, and it's going to get hotter. This means you'll probably be paying more attention to your engine fluid levels and top off as necessary. We recommend you check the coolant, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid levels at least once or twice a month. You can check your oil level by following the same procedure with the dipstick in your owner's manual.
You should also visually inspect all your heater hoses and belts to ensure they have not cracked or corroded.
3. Check and monitor your tire pressure
Tires are the only thing connecting your car to the road. So, it is crucial that your tires stay in peak condition over the summer. You should check on them once a month at least. If it's been more than a month, you'll probably need to replace one or two if they're dry, cracked, punctured or under-inflated.
4. Check the battery
Summer can be hot, especially if the sun is beating down on your dashboard. A dead battery is one of the most common excuses for those who can't start their cars in the morning. So, make sure you check your battery once a month at least. If necessary, replace it--do not be stranded
5. Get your brakes inspected
Cars have all sorts of different makes and models, so it is crucial that you have a professional check your brakes for any noise or wear and tear. Summertime weather can be tough on your brakes. So, you should ensure you're in good order for your next road trip.
If you're having trouble stopping, you could end up putting yourself and others in danger.
6. Check all lights
Temperature affects everything from your car's performance to its appearance--which means all your car's lights should be checked periodically throughout the year and replaced if necessary. For example, headlamps are more prone to shattering in extreme heat, so you should check them monthly if necessary.
6. Check your car's AC system
A clogged or restricted AC system won't be able to do its job properly; you should check on the AC system at least once or twice a month during summer. You'll want to replace the moisture filter and drain and refill the system as necessary.
Summer Auto Service & Repairs in Cromwell, CT
After a long winter, it's finally time to get your car ready for summer driving. There's no need to panic about summertime car maintenance. Most of it can be done before you leave for your vacation, but remember to do it all before the heat sets in. After that, though, you can relax! If you need assistance getting your vehicle ready for the summer months ahead, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Complete Automotive Repair Specialists, LLC today!