Believe it or not, summer is now only a few short months away. Many people are already anxiously making summer plans, some of which include piling into the car and driving to the nearest beach, or even embarking on a cross-country road trip. Whatever your summer plans may be, they will probably include a good amount of driving. All the heat, dust and heavy traffic of summer can take a toll on your car, especially if it is not well cared for. To that end, here are seven tips for getting your car ready for summer, from your mechanic in Norwalk, OH:
- Air conditioning: If your air conditioner seems to barely be hanging on, the next major heat wave could render it inoperable. Prevent sweaty, sticky car rides this summer by investing in some major AC maintenance, and possibly even a full replacement.
- Car cooling system: Your car’s internal cooling system exists to help keep your car from overheating. The system needs to be flushed out about once every two years, or more often if it has been through a few harsh heat waves. Have your mechanic in Norwalk, OH take a look and see if yours needs some TLC.
- Oil: If you plan to take a long road trip this summer, or will be towing a trailer or hauling a lot of luggage, then your oil will need to be changed more often—possibly every 3,000 miles. Ask your local mechanic for advice on how often you should have your oil changed.
- Tires: Tires ought to be rotated every 5,000 miles to ensure that they do not wear unevenly. The summer heat can also do strange things to your tire pressure, so make sure you check it at least once a month. Check it before you hit the hot road, while your tires are still cool, for a more accurate reading.
- Windshield wipers: Your car can get pretty dusty when driving during a dry summer, so you need to make sure your windshield wipers are working correctly, and also that you have a good supply of washer fluid for quick cleaning. Most mechanics will include this in a basic tuneup.
- Brakes: Summer traffic can be pretty touch and go, so you will be relying on your brakes more than ever. Consult your car’s manual about how often you need to have your brakes checked, or just bring your car by the mechanic to be safe.
- Emergency kit: In the event that your car does break down in the middle of a road trip, you will want to make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand. Talk to your mechanic about which tools you should always keep in your car. Having a basic first aid kit in the trunk is always a good idea as well.
As your mechanic in Norwalk, OH, the team at Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD will be happy to help get your car ready for summer. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or come visit our shop anytime.