When we think of seasonal maintenance, we typically focus our efforts on Winter. However, preparing your vehicle for the Summer months is just as important.
Hot summer temperatures can be hard on a vehicle making the cooling system work harder accelerating wear on hoses and belts. Being proactive with your maintenance schedule can help alleviate the hassle of down time later on.
Below are a few tips for preparing your vehicle for those hot summer days.
- Remove your winter tires. You spent a lot for them and you want them to last. Winter tires will wear out quickly if used regularly on warm dry pavement. Ensure to inspect the treads on your summer tires to ensure they are the proper depth. While the proper tool for doing this is a tire depth gauge, a $2 coin can be used as an alternative (see photo below).
- Check tire pressure. Properly inflated tires provide the best possible contact on the road, improve fuel economy, and help your tires last longer. An improperly inflated tire can overheat and potentially lead to a blowout on the highway. Correct pressure for your tires can be found in your owner’s manual or on the sticker located on the driver’s side door jamb.
- A/C System:
- A/C can provide relief from a hot summer day. Chances are you haven’t used it all winter. Make sure to run the A/C for a little while to ensure it is blowing cold air. Pay attention to any strange sounds or smells. Should something not seem right, the system may need cleaning, have a leak, or need to be re-charged. Give our Service Department a call to arrange one of our fantastic technicians to take a look at it for you.
- Wiper Blades and Fluid:
- There is no worse time to discover your wipers need replacing than during a heavy summer rainstorm. Check the rubber on the wiper blades to ensure its smooth and without cracks and tears.
- Ensure your wiper fluid reservoir is full. Many people opt to use a summer solution that is formulated to help clear the windshield of bugs.
- Take a Look Under the Hood:
- It’s been pretty slushy out so you likely haven’t look under the hood in a while. Spend a little time when the engine is COLD and do a visual inspection on the following items;
- Battery – Check the battery terminals for corrosion. Corrosion can be easily cleaned off with a toothbrush. If the issue persists it could be a sign of an issue and you may want to call the manufacturer for warrantee information.
- Oil – Check your oil levels and top up if required. Are you due for an oil change? Give our Service Department a call and we would be happy to schedule you in for an oil change.
- Coolant – Take a look at the coolant in the reservoir. Ensure it is at the correct level and clear, not cloudy.
- Brake Fluid – Take a look at the brake fluid level. A low level of fluid could be a sign of a leak in the brake system or mean your brake pads are worn out. It is not advised to top up this fluid yourself, instead we recommend a technician take a closer look at your brake system. Give us a call at 780-632-2060 and we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
- Wash and Wax:
- Road salt and residue from melted snow can be hard on your vehicles paint and undercarriage. A nice summer day is the best time to give your vehicle a detailing. Below are two great videos on how we recommend you give those wheels some sparkle.
Your vehicle is a major investment. Completing routine checks and maintenance will help ensure it is there to serve you for years to come.