Properly maintaining your vehicle starts with having it serviced for the upcoming season. Spring is quickly coming to an end, which means it’s time to perform summer maintenance. The summer heat, dirt, and travel are bound to do a number on your vehicle. Take the time to make sure your car is in excellent shape to withstand whatever the hottest months of the year have to throw at it. Here are a few summer service tips to help you get started.
Your oil plays three major roles within the engine block, one of which is to help keep it cool. Oil travels throughout the engine as it runs, picking up heat along the way. Old oil doesn’t perform this task nearly as well as fresh oil and could lead to potential problems in the long run. Get an oil change before the summer heat strikes to ensure your engine operates as peak performance all season long.
A necessity in all cars during summer, an improperly functioning cooling system will ultimately lead to a breakdown. Have the system professionally inspected. It should be flushed and refilled every two years and the coolant should be checked frequently.
Night driving is just as dangerous in summer as it is at any other time of the year. Take the time to ensure all your lights are working properly. Replace any dead bulbs and clean the lenses as best you can for optimal visibility.
Spring rains can do a number on windshield wipers, so it pays to play it safe and install a replacement set. Windshield wipers are fairly cheap and take just a few minutes to install. Almost any driver can do so at home by consulting their owner’s manual for exact instructions for their make and model vehicle.