When summer comes around, more people tend to take road trips and go away for the weekends, consequently driving their vehicles more often and potentially running into more car troubles if their vehicles are not properly cared for. Planning any weekend getaway or summer vacation, you can make sure your car is ready to go with these top ten summer car maintenance tips to get your car road trip ready from CARite.
Top 10 Car Maintenance Tips
- Check Your Tire Pressure. Tire pressures change with increasing temperatures on hot summer days. Making sure your tires are not under-inflated can help avoid a tire blow out and checking for over-inflation can keep you from hydroplaning in rainy weather. Click HERE to find out when it’s time to buy new tires.
- Get an Oil Change. During the Summer people tend to do more driving, increasing the likelihood of vehicles overheating. It’s recommended you get your oil and oil filter changed roughly every three months or 3,000-7,500 miles.
- Make Sure Your Car Is De-Winterized. Cars that have been in storage or were not driven often during the winter may need fluids refilled. Check all of your car’s fluid before planning a big trip or doing extensive amounts of driving.
- Check Belts and Hoses for Damage. Winter is hard on vehicles so before heading out on a week-long road trip be sure to check hoses and belts for leaks and crack to avoid situations such as the radiator overheating in the middle of nowhere.
- Get a New Air Filter. Air filters can get clogged with salt, dirt and miscellaneous debris and putting in a clean air filter can actually help to improve your fuel economy. Recommended life of an air filter is 12,000 miles driven.
- Replace Windshield Wipers. When it’s raining cats and dogs over the summer having windshield wipers that work properly can make the roads safer for everyone.
- Make Sure Your Brakes are Working Properly. If your brakes are at the end of their life, you may want to replace them before a summer trip to avoid all kinds of problems.
- Check Coolant Levels and Radiator Function. Again working to prevent your engine from overheating make sure coolant levels are sufficient and your radiator is working properly.
- Check Your Car Battery. Summer heat can increase the speed of chemical reactions inside a battery, overcharging it. Take your battery to the CARite Service Department for assistance checking if your battery needs to be replaced or is overcharged.
- Check Your Refrigerant Levels! This may be the most important summer maintenance tip. When you hit that heat wave you will not want to be without air conditioning, so make sure our unit has plenty of refrigerant.
For all of your car maintenance needs come see the CARite Service Department. If your car is not up for the road trip you’ve been looking forward to for months, let the guides at CARite help you find a low-mileage certified used car, truck or SUV from our lot.