Simple Summertime Car Care Tips
We’re well into summer, which means higher temperatures and brutal driving conditions for you vehicle. What some drivers may ignore is making sure that your vehicle is ready for the heat that summer brings. Here are some simple tips to keep you in that comfy air-conditioning and not on the side of the road sweating.
- Make sure to check your refrigerant levels. A leaky air conditioning system is not only harmful to the environment, but can leave you with a sweaty commute. Have a certified professional check your refrigerant level and check for any leaks that may have occurred during the winter or spring.
- Check your engine coolant levels and always be on the lookout for radiator leaks. Like you, your engine needs fluids to stay cool and function at optimum efficiency. Check your coolant levels under the hood by looking at the reservoir labeled “engine coolant” in your engine bay. Coolant comes in various bright colors so if there happens to be a leak, it is easy to spot.
- Check hoses and belts for any cracks or excess flexing. Anything made to flex is affected by temperature variations from expanding and constricting. These temperature changes can lead to a hose not maintaining the proper PSI to serve a function within your engine due to too much flexing under pressure. Hoses should be flexible but still firm. Also make sure to inspect your belts for any cracks. Many of your engine’s critical systems run off of belts and pulleys, so having a belt snap can lead to a big bill.
- Check tire wear and pressure. This may seem like an obvious one, however many drivers don’t integrate this into their car maintenance. Simply maintaining the proper PSI in your tires can help you achieve better gas mileage without spending a dime. Proper PSI also ensures proper tire wear and maximizing safety.