Hot summer weather can put a lot of extra stress on a vehicle’s mechanical systems and components. Taking the time and effort to prepare your car, truck or SUV now will help save you from unexpected and costly repairs later. Below are several helpful tips to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the long, hot summer days ahead.
Remove Snow Tires – Snow tires work best when snow is on the ground and will get worn out much faster on dry roads. It’s best to have two sets of tires or all-season tires if you don’t want to have to change them.
Check Tire Pressure – Tire pressure is a critical factor to ensuring safe driving conditions and also in increasing the life of your tires and improving gas mileage. Hot temperatures may require you to adjust your tires pressure and improperly inflated tires can heat up more quickly and cause a blow-out.
Change Engine Oil and Adjust Viscosity Grade – Oil viscosity, or thickness, can thin out in warmer weather leaving your engine improperly lubricated. Changing to thicker oil during the summer will help keep your engine running properly. Check your owner’s manual for oil recommendations based on climate or discuss with your mechanic to determine the proper oil grade for your vehicle.
Inspect Belts and Hoses – While most belts and hosed can last a long time, it is always good to have them checked, and replaced if needed, especially if you plan on taking a long trip.
Inspect Wipers and Wiper Fluid – Visibility is crucial to safe driving, especially during summer storms. Make sure your wipers are not dried out and replace them if they are over a year old. Also make sure your wiper fluid is topped off.
Check the Battery – Hot weather can add additional stress to a battery. If your battery is more than three years old, have it tested, and if you don’t know how old it is, consider replacing it. Also make sure there is no corrosion present.
Check Coolant/Antifreeze Mixture – Test your radiator to make sure the proper mixture of 50:50 water to coolant is present to ensure proper function.
- Flashlight, Flares and a First-Aid Kit
- Jumper Cables
- Extra Clothes and Gloves
- Paper Towels
- Extra Washer Fluid
- Food and Water
- Basic Tools like Wrenches, a Ratchet and Sockets, Screwdrivers, and Pliers or Vise-Grips
Need help with any of the tips listed above? Contact Pfeiffer Used Cars & Quick Lane to schedule a service appointment today!