You are undoubtedly familiar with the phrase to winterize your car, but what happens in the summer time? It’s important to enjoy the fairer months, but also to not get so preoccupied with the energizing force of summer that we abandon our cars and leave its maintenance to chance. To follow is a checklist of the 7 best ways to summerize your car.
Your car can avoid overheating by adopting the following practices to keep your car’s temperature at the DMV-recommended 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Examine the radiator hoses for leaks or cracks
- Tighten all connection caps
- Aim to keep your reservoir levels at half-full
Tip: If the temperature gauge spikes above 200 degrees Fahrenheit, a blast of hot air (heat) can take some of the heat off the engine and result in a temperature drop; so turn the heat on in the car for intervals until the desired temperature is reached.
If you’re looking for a royal way to summarize your car, one simple maintenance procedure you can do is schedule a coolant flush at your local service center. It’s economical, fast, and it’s one small thing you can do for your car in the summer that will yield giant rewards.
Another way to summarize your car is to check out your air conditioner’s belts for damage. If these belts are compromised, they will fail at moving the compressor, which powers the air conditioner, so be sure all are in good shape.
Tip: You can also inspect the fins of the air conditioner’s condenser and clean them of any buildup or debris. This can increase the efficacy of your air conditioner.
No one wants to deal with the hassle and potential hazards of faulty brakes. Escalated summer time temperatures can wear your brake system out, especially the brake pads. If you are experiencing any grinding or squealing, it may be time to schedule a service checkup at your local service center.
Summer tires are a thing. These tires were specifically designed with the fairer elements of summer in mind. They feature a shorter sidewall as well as a different type of tread pattern. It is recommended you check your tire’s pressure monthly. If you suspect your tread may be worn out, it may be time to bring your car in for new summer tires.
Additionally, you can summarize your car with the following:
Fuel System Cleaner
You can pick up a bottle of fuel system cleaner at an auto parts store or check with our parts centers for this. Dumping in just one bottle can remove harsh intake valve deposits and can restore the shape of the original injector performance. It also acts as a protective seal against future ethanol deposits.
Everyone knows to get an oil change. Make sure you don’t forget this service during the summer as we tend to rack up the miles with summer road trips and vacations. A transmission flush is also not a bad idea, especially if your car is getting up there in miles. Your car needs to be properly lubed up and ready to let the good times roll!