Beat the Heat! Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Have you ever wondered if there was a more efficient and eco-friendly way to take care of your car during summer? Well, you’ve come to the right place! There are many ways to take care of your car and make your ride run smoothly this summer. Grab your keys, and let’s get moving with these tips!

Summer Air Conditioning

It is important to have the air conditioning checked in your car before the summer heat waves start. Did you know that you can even recycle the refrigerants? How cool is that? While you should have the whole AC system checked out, you should especially pay attention to your cabin air filters. They clean the air that enters the heating and air conditioning system. We can let them go unchanged for a lot longer than what’s healthy, so keep an eye out for that!

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Summer Driving Photo by: Alan_D

Cooling Your System for Summer

Make sure your car stays cool and doesn’t overheat during summer! To do this,  the cooling system in your car should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months, and the level condition of the car should be checked periodically.

Checking the Oil and Engine for Summer

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Summer Driving Photo by: inkknife_2000

It is best to change the oil and oil filter as indicated. Depending on the summer trips you’ve made, it should be about every 3,000 miles or so. Also, don’t ignore the service engine light; in doing so, you are causing more pollution than just getting it checked in the first place.  Listen to your dashboard, and your car will be running through summer like the little, green engine that could.

Checking Tires and Brakes for Summer

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Summer Driving Photo by: robmba

As you probably know, it is essential to rotate your tires about every 5,000 miles. Also, be sure to check things like tire pressure, alignment and spare tire condition. This will reduce your vehicle engine’s effort and gas consumption, which means a longer life for your tires and more money in your pocket! Now, let’s take a break and talk about brakes. Make sure your brakes aren’t making any unusual noises or stalling. If they are doing so, you should get them checked by an auto shop immediately. Don’t let bad brakes stop your summer in its tracks!

An Easy-To-See Summer Awaits

Your windshield should be free of dirt, especially during summer. It is unsafe (and not very pretty). Remember that a clean windshield is a happy windshield. Now, when it comes to your lights, it’s simple. Replace burnt out bulbs and clean them periodically. This tip will be sure to light up your summer!

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Summer Driving Photo by: It’s Our City

Battery and Emergency Car Kits for Summer

Routine care is important when taking care of your car’s battery. Scraping away the corrosion, cleaning all surfaces, and checking fluid levels monthly will help your battery live beyond summer.  It is also a good idea to carry basic tools in your vehicle (e.g. a flashlight, flares) for emergencies and a first aid kit.

Last but not least, give your car a good summer cleaning! Scrub the other seasons away, and follow these tips to get your car summer ready in no time! Summer road trips here we come!

What will you do to get your car ready for summer? Tell me in the Comments section.