Summer is right around the corner, and we are all ready and excited for the change of seasons! While you may be prepared to experience some fun in the sun, is your vehicle prepared for the change in seasons? Many of us do more traveling and have friendly road trips; even if you don't have that planned for your vehicle, there are still things you want to make sure are okay with your car, so nothing happens to it. Here are some things you want to have done to ensure your vehicle is ready for the summer.
There are some things that you can do yourself to help make sure your car is prepared for the summertime. One of the very first things you can do is check your tire pressure. You can do this by using a pressure gauge that you have yourself, or you can go to a gas station to use a stick gauge that they have there.
Something else that you can do on your own checks and monitor the oil level on your vehicle. Your vehicle's engine runs hotter during the summer months, so you want to make sure your oil levels are where they should be at all times; this will keep things lubricated as they should be.
While there are things you can do on your own, there are some maintenance services you won't be able to complete. You'll need a service technician to do the following things that are helpful for your vehicle.
- Air conditioning inspection: Cold air is always good to have in your vehicle, especially on hot summer days. There is a possibility your air conditioner may need a tune-up or a belt replacement. It may need nothing, but you want to have it checked just in case.
- Battery: You want to have your battery checked; it's never good to be away from home and have a dead battery.
- Radiator: Through time, you may develop a crack in your radiator that will lead to fluid leaks; there's also the possibility that it may get clogged. You want it to be running smoothly for you during the summer.
Along with these maintenance tips, you want to make sure you keep things like sunscreen, a flashlight with batteries, jumper cables, hand sanitizer, and an umbrella, amongst other things, just in case you may need them! Summer is always an enjoyable time, and being prepared is the best way to start it.
If you need a summer vehicle inspection, we invite you to bring your car into our auto repair shop for professional service!