Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer

Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer

You’ve neatly wrapped up your suits and sweaters and stuffed them in a corner of your wardrobe. The thick furry blankets will be left untouched for the next few months. It’s that time of the year to shed the many layers of clothing and go fishing or sit by a beach.

Summer

But while you’re enjoying the warmth, could you also be forgetting something? Have you remembered to prepare your car? If not then here are a few things that you should not forget to do this summer:

  • Remove the winter tyres and check air pressure

In the winter, people often utilise winter tyres, but they are not going to be of any help in the summer season. Using the winter tyres in the summers will wear them out quickly and they will be unnecessarily wasted on the warm and dry pavements. It is advisable to remove those tyres and replace them with the standard tyres instead.

Another important thing to remember when summer approaches is the air pressure in the tyres. Different air pressure is maintained in the tyres during the summer and winter seasons. You should check your tyres to ensure that they are properly inflated. Proper inflation is necessary as it guarantees the best possible contact between the roads and tyres.

The correct tyre pressure is specified in the owner’s manual or on the door. The best time to check your tyre pressure is when the tyres are cold. Tyres that are properly inflated are less prone to wear and tear and hence last longer along with improving your fuel mileage.

  • Check the air conditioning systemCheck the air conditioning system

If you do not wish to be seated in your car drenched in sweat then this is something that is really important. The air conditioning system is redundant in winter and due to this you may need to top up the refrigerant fluid in the system when summer rolls around.

Run the A/C system to check if it is still emitting cold air through the vents. You should pay careful attention to check for any odour or strange noises coming out of the system. Since it hasn’t been in use for a long time, it is advisable to get the complete system inspected by a professional as the system may have a leak, need cleaning or need to be recharged.

  • Check the wiper blades and wiper fluid

Check the wiper blades and wiper fluid

Since visibility is crucial and its importance does not change with changing seasons the blades and fluid both should be checked. The wiper fluid will be used often during summer to remove bugs and dirt from the windshield.

Ideally the wiper blades should be replaced as they are frequently used all year round. The rubber on the wiper blades gets worn out quickly and it is better if they are replaced.

  • Perform an under-hood inspectionPerform an under-hood inspection

Here are few parts you should ensure everything is in good condition:

  • Battery

If you find the battery terminals to be corroded then you can clean off the corrosion with baking soda and a toothbrush. You should check again after a few weeks to ensure that corrosion has not returned. If it has come back then there could be a problem with the battery.

  • Oil

In the past, heavier oil was used in the summer and as winter approached, the heavier oil was replaced with lighter oil. However, this advice stands outdated and there are no practitioners of this theory these days. It’s because this theory was applicable to older generations of cars and not the ones that are being manufactured nowadays.

The type of oil required in your car will be specified in the owner’s manual. If the light indicating that you need maintenance is blinking and you have been delaying the changing of oil due to the winters, then you should get it changed now.

  • Coolant

You should also check the condition and level of coolant in the reservoir. It should not be cloudy but clear. If its quantity is low then you should get it topped up.

  • Brake fluid

Check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir and if you find it to be low, then do not get it topped up immediately. A low fluid level is possible when the brake fluid drops to match the wear on the pads. This could also happen due to a leak in the brake system and topping it up will not save you from repairing the brakes.

  • Wash the car

Wash the car

Grime and road salt during the winter months can wreak havoc on the vehicle’s paint and undercarriage. By simply washing your car you can prevent the car’s exterior from deterioration.

 

These tasks may be a little difficult to accomplish by yourself, so contact us today at In Town Automotive to get top quality services for your car.

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