5 Ways to Make Sure Your Car Is Ready for Summer
With summer on the way, it is time to get your car ready for the hot weather. The long colder months can cause wear and tear to your car that you may not see. In some areas, special winter gear is needed. Its time to ditch all of that gear, make the repairs, and prepare for some summer fun. Here are five ways to make sure your car is ready for summer.
- Change the Fluids
One of the first things that you should do for any car is to change the fluids. Many cars require special cold weather fluids to keep from freezing and to maintain performance. If you had your fluids changed right before or during the winter, the chances are high that you are using a winter blend. Make sure that you change the oil, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid, and any other fluids that were switched to a winter blend.
- Check and Replace Tires
Another thing to do first is to check and replace tires. Driving on cold roads can quickly wear down your tires. You’ll need good treads to maintain traction when it rains, so you need to check your tire treads. If they are too shallow or if you are using hardened winter tires, it is time to switch them out for better ones. Don’t forget to have your tires rotated and aligned if you need to.
- Check Your Battery
Cold weather can slowly drain your car battery, especially if your car sits for long periods of time in the winter. Start by checking the date on your battery. If it has been years since you last changed it, that could be time for a new one, regardless of whether it works or not. Replacing it will prevent it from dying when you are on the road. If the date isn’t too far away, start your car to see if it cranks. Make sure that it is clean and free of obstructions to keep it working for a long time.
- Replace Your Filters
Even if your car has been sitting still for months, the air filters still get dirty. Start your summer off on a good foot by changing your air filters. There are two air filters in your car. One is your cabin air filter, which filters the air that you breathe. You want to change it regularly to prevent the buildup of allergens, stale air, and toxins from other cars. The other filter is for the air that goes into your engine. Changing that filter can improve your car’s performance by providing it with more clean air.
- Clean Your Car Inside and Out
Once you have all of the other prep work done, clean your car inside and out. A good wash will get any stuck-on dirt off, and you can replenish the clearcoat with wax so that it will protect the paint job. Vacuuming and detailing your car will not only make it smell and look better, but also make it more enjoyable for you to drive.
Getting your care ready for a season change is important. Don’t neglect any of the prep work if you want to have a fun, safe, and enjoyable car to drive all summer.
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