Summer Heat 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
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 for summer.
No matter how much preparation you make, accidents can still happen. Our
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 your
local Acceptance Insurance Agent
today to learn more about roadside assistance.