A summer maintenance checklist can help ensure your car is in good shape for those family road trips and beach days. You can avoid a breakdown or expensive repair bill down the road by completing some simple tasks. Here are a few things to remember as you prepare your car for summer fun.
Check the Air Pressure in Your Tires
One of the most crucial things you can do to maintain your car running well is to ensure the tires are inflated to the correct level. The recommended pressure is usually printed on the side of the tire. If the pressure is low, use an air compressor or hand pump to add air until it reaches the proper level.
Check the Levels of All Your Fluids
Another important part of summer vehicle maintenance is checking all fluid levels under the hood. This includes coolant, brake, power steering, and transmission fluid. Check your owner's manual to find out where each reservoir is located and what the proper level should be.
Change the Oil and Oil Filter
If you haven't changed your oil in a while, summer is a good time to do it. The hot temperatures can cause thick oil to break down and lose its effectiveness. Check your owner's manual to determine how often to change your oil based on your car's make and model. When you change the oil, be sure to replace the oil filter.
Clean the Battery Terminals
Over time, battery terminals can become corroded, which can lead to starting issues. Clean the terminals with the brush and baking soda solution. Once clean, rinse them off with water and reconnect the negative terminal.
Check the Lights
All of the lights on your car – headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals – should be in good working order. To check them, have someone else stand outside the car while you turn on each light one at a time.
Following these tips can save money on gas and improve your car's fuel efficiency. We recommend you bring your vehicle to Dub's Garage today if you need to prepare it for the summer!