Lazy days, rays of sunshine, ice-cream and popsicles, giggles and smiles, camp-fire and road-trips make the months of summer worthwhile! It is a good time to wear flip-flops, get into the car and hit the highway. So, before you get out for some sun-drenched driving, make sure that your car is ready for summer.
You are singing your favorite song while driving your car on the road. It is the end of a long day in the hot sun. You are travelling to a relaxing destination. And just then you hear a mechanical-sounding noise and feel your car wobble. The steering-wheel starts to feel strange and the smell of the smoke gets worse. It marks the end of the relaxation you have been longing for many days!
Get your Car in Top-Notch Shape
Summer is the time for taking a break from the daily routine and planning for a road-trip. But with more mileage and temperature rise, summer can present some challenges. Make your car road-trip ready. It’s best to give your car a check-up before you hit the road.
Let tires be your Priority
Tires are the single-most important part of your car. Keep them inflated to the proper pressure. It will not only improve the fuel economy but also ensure optimal car handling. In addition, make sure that the spare tire is properly inflated.
Check Air-Conditioning System
You don’t want to get stuck in the summer heat without proper A.C. As summer approaches, turn the system on and make sure that the cold air is present in the selected modes and at appropriate vents. If the air is cool but not cold and the temperature fluctuates dramatically, it is time for a trip to the mechanic.
Coolant needs to be Cool
The cooling system helps prevent the engine from overheating. So, consider flushing and refilling the coolant. Inspect the level, the condition and the concentration of the coolant periodically. Change it at least once a year for maximum performance.
Change the oil as specified in the car’s manual. Light oil, designed to work in the cold temperatures of winter, will be too thin to work during summer. It will fail to lubricate the engine components properly. Make sure to switch to the grade of oil which is appropriate for summer use.
Hoses and Belts
You should inspect the rubber components under the hood. They are responsible for cooling systems of the engine and the cabin. Hoses are made of flexible rubber compounds to absorb vibrations between the engine and radiator. So, you should replace broken, clogged, leaky, or worn hoses immediately. You should check the belts for wear and tear as well.
Stop at Brakes
When it comes to your safety, brakes are almost as important as tires. Try pumping the brakes. If they make weird noise, visit the mechanic immediately. Also, you should correct minor brake problems.
A Carwash is a Must
Water, sand and general filth takes a toll on your car. Do your car a favor. Clean it top to bottom, inside and out. Use good, high-quality cleansers and high-pressure water on the outside to get rid of salt and sand.
Summer is here. Take a road-trip. Enjoy it with your favorite song-playlist. But, do not forget to prepare your car for summer. With a few precautionary measures, driving during the summer months can be a pleasurable experience. So make your car road-trip ready and get sun-drenched!