It’s officially summer! We’ve got a summer checklist for you, and surprisingly enough, the hints are for you and your vehicle – two to do’s at the same time! Here are some summer tips for you to help you keep yourself – and your vehicle – summer ready:
Drink Lots of Water. Just like your body needs to have fluids, so does your vehicle. Hot weather can cause fluids to evaporate more quickly, so regularly check and top up your engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
Check Your Flip Flops! Flip flops can blow out, and tires can, too. Hot pavement and long drives can cause increased wear on tires. Check the tread depth, tire pressure, and overall condition of your tires regularly. Make sure they are properly inflated and aligned to improve fuel efficiency and prevent blowouts.
Keep Cool. You need to wear a hat for a reason. Overheating is a common problem in the summer for people and cars. Inspect the cooling system, including the radiator, hoses, and coolant levels, to ensure they are in good condition. Consider flushing and refilling the coolant if necessary.
Check Battery Health. A dead battery on your phone or in your car can put a dent in summer fun. Hot weather can put additional strain on your car’s battery. Have it tested to ensure it’s holding a proper charge and clean any corrosion on the terminals.
Turn up the A/C. Summer heat demands a functioning air conditioning system in your house and in your ride. Clean or replace the cabin air filter and ensure the AC system is blowing cold air consistently. If you notice any issues, have it inspected and serviced by a professional.
Put the Brakes On. We hope you know when you should put the brakes on during summer partying. For your cars, make sure you can stop by having brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid inspected. Replace worn-out pads or rotors, and bleed the brake lines if necessary.
Wear Sunscreen. UV rays can give you a sunburn, and can damage your car’s paint and cause the interior to fade or crack. Apply a coat of wax to protect the paint and use a sunshade or park in the shade to prevent interior damage.
Take an Emergency Kit. We know you always have Tylenol and Chapstick for emergencies. Your car needs an emergency kit, too! Gather items such as a flashlight, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, a first aid kit, and a basic tool kit. Also, carry extra water and coolant for emergencies.
Remember to call us if you have questions about any repairs or maintenance procedures for your vehicle. And hey – if you ask, we might just tell you our favorite summer fun activities. Whatever it takes to keep our customers having a great two do this summer!