Test the AC
When you begin to face those blazing-hot summer temperatures, you’ll probably want to turn on your air-conditioning system. Make sure it’s working properly before temperatures start to rise. It’s not fun driving in a car in the middle of the summer without air-conditioning!
Check the air pressure in your tires
Winter weather can take a serious toll on the well-being of your tires, causing significant wear and tear and overall damage. When inspecting your tires, look closely to see if they are under-inflated or over-inflated. Both scenarios can be problematic. Most passenger vehicles recommend a tire pressure between 30 and 35 psi (pounds per square inch). Your car’s owner’s manual will detail specifics about what is appropriate and necessary for your particular vehicle.
Change vehicle fluids
Some vehicle fluids can either thin or evaporate in warm temperatures. Make sure you are topping off your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and windshield wiper fluid, so you’re ready and able to take on the summer heat.
Coolant is especially important in the summer, so that your engine doesn’t overheat. Having your engine overheat can lead to more serious problems and, if not addressed, can lead you to a costly insurance claim.
Change your oil & filter
If you want to ensure your vehicle’s longevity, one of the best ways of doing so is by changing the oil regularly. Fresh oil will keep your car safe from wear and tear. An oil filter can ensure you that any contaminants are removed from your car’s engine oil.
Test your brakes
Driving along and having your brakes fail can lead to serious consequences including bodily injuries and even death. Make sure you are testing your brakes regularly.
Squealing, growling, or grinding sounds are never a good sign. That means it’s time to get your brakes changed. If your vehicle is pulling you to one side or the other, this is another sign that you need to change your brakes. Make sure to take your car in for inspection and possible repair.
Replace your windshield wipers
Visibility is definitely one of the most important parts of driving a car. During summer months, dust and pollen tend to build up on windshields. Use your windshield wiper fluid to clean this off. Check or replace your windshield wipers every season.
Clean or replace your air filters
Air filters keep pollutants from coming in through vents. This is extremely crucial during warm months where pollen counts are at their highest. Old filters can lead to problems with your air conditioning system.
A general rule of thumb is to change your air filter at least once a year.
Get your car detailed
Not only will you feel better emotionally, but driving a clean car can actually save you from potential costly repairs to your car. That’s right. Hot temperatures have the ability to melt plastics. Additionally, food that’s left inside your car for extended periods of time could damage its interior – not to mention the foul smell.
Keeping your car’s exterior clean can help preserve the paintjob, protecting it from harmful sun rays or damages caused by birds or insects.
Rotate your tires
Your car’s tires are not all going to experience the same kind of wear and tear at the same time. Experts recommend that you rotate your tires between every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.