It’s finally summer, and while this season can make for some of the most pleasurable drives, it’s also an important reminder to service your vehicle and prepare it for the heat, humidity, and precipitation that come with the hottest season. Follow these summer car service tips to avoid problems and stay safe on the road.
Prepare the battery
Conventional wisdom holds that battery problems are most frequent in the winter, but the intense heat of summer can cause just as many issues for your car’s battery, if not more. Batteries are susceptible to both heat and vibrations. Confirm that the battery is well-mounted, as this will minimize vibrations. Clean any corroded pieces on the battery terminal and the clamps; there will be more build-up during the summer due to the quick evaporation of the battery fluid.
Properly inflate the tires
The heat of the road in summer leads to many more tire blowouts, especially when the tire is under-inflated. Fill it up to its ideal PSI, which can often be found in your owner’s manual or inside the driver’s door, and check the pressure once a month.
Maintain a cool engine
Regularly flush your cooling systems and always check the overflow reservoir to keep the coolant at the optimal level. The last thing you want is to see smoke billowing out of your engine because it is overheated.
By following these tips, you’re well on your way to keeping your vehicle running smoothly all summer long. Come visit us at Hight Chevrolet if you need to get your car serviced.