Many people get serious when it comes to winterizing their car before a cold front hits, but what about protecting your car from the heat? With the first day of summer just around the corner, it is important to make sure your car is ready for the sun.
Examine Your Tires
Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car. In order for them to perform their best, it is suggested that you get your tires rotated about every 5000 miles and check their pressure once a month. Be sure to examine your tires for uneven wearing, bubbles in the sidewalls, and missing balance weights as well.
Check Your Brakes
Your breaks get some serious wear when the roads get icy in winter and you cannot stop as easily as you would like. Brake pads can often go through thermal cycling as well when the hot heat of using the brakes meets the icy cold roads and puddles. When checking your brakes, look out for any wear, cracking, or discoloration and replace anything that may be worn.
Get An Oil Change
Be sure to check your car’s oil levels and color before summer and get it changed every 5000 miles or so. It should always be a dark amber color so if it ever looks black and funky, be sure to change it as soon as possible.
Make Sure The Cooling System Is Cool
Overheating is one of the most common issues that happens to cars in the summer. To prevent this from happening, you cooling system should be flushed and refilled about every 2 years. The radiator tank should be full and a coolant tester will let you know if anything needs to be adjusted for maximum cooling.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
With all of the ice, snow, and sleet they cleared away during the winter, your wipers are probably pretty worn out. A dirty or streaky windshield can cause eye fatigue and limit visibility so it is important to replace your wipers when necessary.
Courtesy of ASE