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For most of us, car maintenance is synonymous with the approach of the winter season’s frigid weather and harsh driving conditions. This could be one of the reasons why so many people put off crucial car maintenance during the summer season. Scorching heat and rising humidity bring just as many vehicular challenges as winter weather, making taking care of your car just important in summer. Prevent outlandish repair bills from making a dent in your summer plans by paying attention to these four summer maintenance items.
Your dad probably gave you the same advice when you got your first car: always get a high-quality oil change at regular intervals. This is especially crucial to do before the onset of consistently hot summer days. If you aren’t sure how often your oil needs checked, your owner’s manual will contain recommendations from the manufacturer.
Summer heat is exceptionally harsh on your car battery, even more so than freezing winter temperatures. It is essential to have your car battery tested in early summer and it is a good idea to test it again toward the end of summer after it has endured a few months of high temperatures. Many places that perform automotive repair services will provide free battery testing as part of certain summer promotions. If you find out that you need a new battery, look for a place that offers free installation.
It seems like many cars have air conditioning systems seem to quit during the hottest possible time of year. Don’t get hit with a huge mid-summer repair bill for your air-conditioning system by being proactive and having you’re A/C checked as soon as summer starts to roll in. Don’t forget to check the coolant in your car that keeps it from overheating and protects against the onset of corrosion. Remember, your car’s radiator is consistently working overtime in the summer.
Do a thorough at-home inspection of your vehicle’s tires to look for any damage such as a worn tread. Harsh winter road conditions can wear down tread and short-stopping in icy conditions can also weaken tread. Check your tire’s air pressure before and after the summer temperature warms up, leading to less efficiency in gas mileage. Don’t forget to have your tires rotated.
These four simple tips are important to maintaining the health and good condition of your vehicle during summer. Additionally, they will help you avoid hefty vehicle bills. Remember, investing a little bit in proper vehicle maintenance will end up saving you hundreds of dollars in unexpected repair bills that can come as a result of avoiding these simple steps.