Prep Your Car for Summer Driving
Summer and Winter Take Different Tolls on Your Car
Summer means high temperatures all around, affecting you, your home, and even your car. You take steps to winterize yourself (different clothes, different foods, etc.), so you should take steps to summerizing your car.
Big Sky Collision Center is here to make sure you have an enjoyable and safe experience in your vehicle. Here are some tips to help ensure you have a safe driving experience all throughout the summer season.
Check Your Cooling System
Probably the biggest and most common car problem during summer is overheating. Avoid facing this inconvenience by making sure your cooling system is in tiptop condition. Start from the outside of your radiator. Check for signs of damage or corrosion, loose connections, and leaky hoses. Then, remove your radiator cap and check your coolant quality and level. Typically, coolant should be flushed and replaced once every year or every 2 years. Don’t experiment or mix different kinds of coolants. Stick to your manufacturer’s recommended type and flushing schedule.
Check Your Battery
Take a look at your battery to see if it has signs of corrosion. If yes, scrape it off with baking soda and a toothbrush. Then, clean all surfaces, and tighten all connections. If your battery comes with a removable cap, check its water level and add distilled water if needed so its level reaches a little above the plate (this is not common with most batteries). Don’t forget to wear protective glasses and rubber gloves to avoid unnecessarily harming yourself.
Check Your Fluids
This means check your oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. Review your manual to see if there’s a need for refilling or replacement. Make sure all your fluids are of adequate amounts and optimal condition.
Check Your Brakes
Good brakes often spell the difference between staying safe and getting into an accident. Consequently, even minor brake irregularities should be addressed promptly. As summer’s hot temperature causes brake pads to deteriorate faster, you should be more meticulous about monitoring the condition of yours so replacement can be done as soon as necessary.
Check Your Tires
Still have your winter tires on? Better replace them with your summer tires. Already using your summer tires? Examine them for any damage, uneven or excessive wear, and sidewall deterioration. Check your tire pressure and see to it that all your tires are properly inflated. Remember that neither under-inflated nor over-inflated tires are good for you. Correct pressure is needed for better fuel consumption and overall car performance.
Check Your Lights
Inspect your lights to make sure all bulbs are working. Replace busted ones and clean your lenses regularly to avoid dirt build up that result in reduced visibility.
Check Your Wipers
A dirty windshield is not only unsafe; it can also lead to eyestrain and fatigue. If your wiper blades are worn out, replace them immediately.
Check your Air Conditioning System
With the temperature rising and staying at high readings, summer is the season when you need your air conditioning the most. Have a qualified mechanic inspect your A/C so it can be cleaned, fixed (if there happens to be a leak or any damage), or recharged as needed. When everything is in proper condition, you can be sure your A/C will do its cooling job well.
Big Sky Collision Center Wishes You Happy Driving
Vehicle maintenance is an ongoing task and shouldn’t actually be dictated by whatever season it is. While there might be some differences in car performance because of varying temperature and weather conditions, ultimately, you should still look to your car maker’s recommendations so you’ll know for sure when and what needs to be checked and replaced.
Keep in mind that a clean car is a happy car! We offer auto detailing services to help you enjoy your trips in and out of Billings.