Top Summer Car Care Tips
With summer in full swing, road trip season is upon us. Unfortunately, heat is one major culprit for vehicle wear and tear. Don’t get stranded under the sweltering summer sun due to poor car maintenance. Read on for our top summer car care tips and tricks to keep you barreling down the road to your next adventure.
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The coolant in your vehicle’s radiator does 3x the work during the summer season, guarding against overheating and corrosion and keeping the water pump lubricated. Conventual coolant should be swapped out every 1 to 2 years, while extended life coolant is typically good for 5 years.
Inspect Your Battery
Batteries can fail at any time of the year, but summer tends to be especially troublesome. Exposure to intense heat can cause batteries to become overexerted. To catch a battery issue in its tracks, its best to have it tested by an auto care professional.
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Keep Tabs on Tire Pressure
Just because winter is out of the way doesn’t mean you’re in the clear for weather-related road hazards. Big shifts in temperature can cause big changes in tire pressure, which can be dangerous if left unchecked. While underinflated tires are more prone to blowouts, overinflated tires result in poor traction and can lead to hydroplaning in rainy conditions. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure can be found in the owner’s manual or on your driver-side door jamb.
Pack for the Worst
Even with all the preventive maintenance, there’s not much you can do to guarantee you won’t have a breakdown. Make sure to have an emergency kit packed with water, non-perishable food, jumper cables, a flashlight, road flares and a first aid kit stowed away in your car at all times.
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