The summer is officially here. While this means you do not have to deal with winter conditions affecting your car, it brings with it a whole new set of challenges. The hotter conditions mean you have to adapt your car care and maintenance routine to suit the season. Here are some tips to help you take care of your car this summer.
The first tip is to check your oil. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it is also an extremely important thing to do during the summer. Your oil is what lubricates your car’s engine and thus lessens the amount of friction as well as heat concentration underneath the hood. Since your engine is more prone to overheating during the summer, you will want to ensure that the engine has all the lubrication it could possibly need. Thankfully, both checking your oil and adding oil is quite simple.
Tip number two is somewhat of an expansion on the first tip. Checking all the fluids in your car is probably a good idea rather than just checking your oil and adding more if necessary. The fluids in your car serve critical purposes in keeping your car running, such as cooling and lubricating important components. You may want to top off said fluids near the beginning of the summer to make sure you do not have to deal with any overheating problems in your car. In the event you are unsure what kind of fluids to utilize or the amount you should add to each fluid, consult your mechanic.
The third tip is to examine your tires. Tire pressure changes with the outside temperature as cold temperatures make the tire pressure level drop while hotter temperatures increase the tire pressure. So the first step is to check that your tires are inflated properly. For accurate measurement, check the tire pressure after you have refrained from driving your car for a minimum of three hours. Improper inflation may affect the handling of your car. Additionally, examining your tires for any signs of damage as well as wear is vital as that can also make your tires weaken faster.
The fourth tip is washing and waxing your car. Again, this could seem like an obvious thing to do for many car owners, but its importance should not be underestimated. Washing and waxing your car prevent the top coat of paint on your car from getting damaged, which can prove to be far more than simply an aesthetic issue. Paint damage may actually open your car up to rust damage.