Summer Heat Car Maintenance Checklist
With temperatures rising and vacations coming up, it's important to
make sure your car is ready for the summer weather. Your vehicle will
alert you for many issues like oil changes, tire pressure, and that
you need to check your engine but it's important to prepare your
vehicle for the coming heat. We've put together a simple list to walk
you through making sure your car is in top shape for summer.
Check the air conditioner
Depending on where you live, you may need to use the air conditioner
early in the year, so it's a good place to start for your summer
maintenance. Test the air while the weather is still somewhat cool so
you can address any issues before the heat gets to your locale. You
should be sure to replace your air filter regularly to improve the air
quality and keep the system from working too hard.
Take a look under the hood
Winter can be tough on our vehicles so it's important to take a look
under the hood and make sure everything is good to go. Look for loose
or cracked hoses; make sure rubber components are in good shape;
tighten any caps that may be loose; and remove any debris that might
be blocking things like your radiator or air filter. It's important to
keep in mind that you should be checking all of this while your engine
is cool. If you've been driving, wait a couple of hours before
starting your inspection.
Test the battery
Drastic temperature changes can take a toll on your battery. Even if
you made it through the cold winter months with no problems, you
should stop by your local auto store to have your battery tested
before it gets too hot.
Monitor the radiator temperature
It's important to make sure your radiator has plenty of coolant for
the summer months, as it keeps your engine cool. The temperature gauge
on your dashboard will alert you if your vehicle is running too hot so
you can add coolant if needed.
Replace your windshield wipers
Now that winter has come and gone, you likely need new wiper blades.
Icy conditions can cause a lot of wear on your windshield wiper blades
and leave them making noises or leaving streaks. Inspecting your
wipers is simple - just lift up one arm of the wiper at a time and
check to see if the bottom edge is flat and in one piece. You should
also make sure your wiper fluid tank is full while you are preparing
No matter how much preparation you make, accidents can still happen.
program will have you on the road worry free. You can count on
roadside assistance for help with towing and winching, emergency
fluids, flat tires, jump-starts, and lockout services. Call or visit
local Acceptance Insurance Agent
today to learn more about roadside assistance.