The heat of summer will definitely take a toll on your automobile. Between the heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, wear on a vehicle increases throughout this season. To lower the odds of mechanical failure, follow these tips for summer car maintenance.
Areas of Maintenance
Several areas of your car should get checked out before you take that long summer road trip. Some of these you can do on your own, while others will require help from a skilled technician.
Air Conditioning: If you air conditioner has struggled, it will definitely fail in hot weather. Take it into a shop to have it serviced. If your air conditioner remains in good working order, you should at least change the cabin air filter.
Cooling System: The number one cause of summer car failure comes from overheating. Your cooling system prevents this disaster, and should get flushed and serviced every 24 months.
Oil: Make sure you stay current on your oil changes, which should occur once every 3,000 miles. If you plan to go on a long road trip, definitely change the oil beforehand.
Tires: If it’s been more than 5,000 miles since you’ve rotated your tires, you’ll want to get that done. The last thing you want is a long trip with compromised tires.
Ready for Emergencies
To prepare for roadside emergencies, you should have a basic car kit. Aside from tools to change a tire, you should include a flashlight, gas can, cell-phone charger, and first-aid kit. It would also make sense to pack a blanket and a jug of water, in case you get stranded for a prolonged period of time.