It’s the time of year again folks to tuck those winter tires deep into the depths of your garages, or at least prepare for some (hopefully) serious sun! Here are some seasonal summer tips for caring for your vehicles.
1. Keep a close eye on your (car) fluids.
The additional heat from the sun will increase the temperature of the fluids under the hood of your car. You should check your engine coolant (or antifreeze) that keeps the engine from overheating. Do NOT open the hood of your car however when the engine is hot! In the summer, the coolant added to your vehicle should be 50%50 water and antifreeze but if you want to be on the safe side you can buy a ready made mixture.
2. Replace all worn-out plastic bits and bobs.
In hot temperatures, the plastic components of your vehicle heat up and wear down easily. Keep an eye on your hoses, belts and wiper blades and replace and rubber bits that aren’t looking too great. Tires are also important to look out for and to make sure they are in good condition.
3. Shade, shade, shade.
I think we all know the sweet serenity in finding a shady spot to cool off in, during the hotter months with a nice ice-tea, well your car is no exception. Whenever possible, leave your car parked in a shady spot and use windshield sun-shades which will also help to keep your vehicle cool.
4. Keep your battery clean.
It’s a common misconception that heat has no negative effect on your car batteries. Heat can cause your battery to overcharge because of a sped up chemical reaction and by cleaning it, you can help keep it at a steady pace. Make sure to frequently detach the battery from cables and clean the terminals. Also, make sure secure all the connection to and from the battery and assure that it is securely strapped in place.
What are your top maintenance tips for keeping your car happy and healthy during the hot months?