It’s finally Summer! Sun, pools, grilling with friends and of course, rolling down your windows on a summer night drive. But summer temperatures can be hard on your vehicle. Here are 5 things to check to make sure your car ready for summer driving.
1. Check the A/C system
Don’t wait until the first hot day to check your air conditioner. Run your system to make sure you feel cold air. Some systems need cleaning or could need to be recharged. To maximize airflow make sure your cabin air filter is clean. Filters can normally be found in your glove compartment or the engine compartment.
2. Inspect your wiper blades
Winter can be tough on wipers especially if you live where there is snow and ice. Pay attention the next time it rains. If the wipers streak, they likely need to be replaced.
3. Check your coolant level and coolant mix
Coolant should be clear, not cloudy. If you need to top it off, use the pre-diluted mixtures recommended by the manufacturer. You may require a coolant flush which drains your old coolant and replaces it with new coolant. Most manufacturers recommend the coolant to be changed after 5 years.
4. Check your tires
Tires that are properly inflated will last longer and improve your gas mileage. Recommended air pressure can normally be found on the inside frame of your driver’s door. And don’t forget to check your spare. Also, make sure your tires aren’t worn out and they have proper tread. You can also do the penny test to make sure the tread is at a safe wear level.
5. Check the Battery
Batteries are known to drop in performance during extremely low or high temperatures, especially if it is older. New car batteries are not like older batteries that gave you signs of going bad such as slow cranking or dim lamps, now batteries will fail with no warning in extreme temperatures. Therefore, if your battery is more than 4 years old, then you should replace it with a new one.