Summer car care and maintenance

Summer’s higher temperatures, along with the dust in the air and seasonal rains can effect your vehicle’s important systems. Preparing your vehicle will help it run smoothly and safely throughout summer.

Prevent engine overheating

Keeping your engine cool is important as the greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically (as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers). Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level.

Check all your fluid levels

Most engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping to carry heat away from critical components. Seasonal weather changes can lead to low levels. Periodically check all vehicle fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and even windshield wiper fluid to ensure they are at appropriate levels.

Test your battery

Make sure your battery is prepared for the higher temperatures. Battery issues don’t always occur in the colder months. The summer heat accelerates the rate of battery fluid loss resulting in corrosion on terminals and connections. Cleaning of any corrosive buildup from battery terminals and cable clamps, and ensure the clamps are tight enough that they will not move is recommended.

Oil and oil filter changes

This is also a very important part of your car care routine because intense weather conditions can put extra demands on your oil and oil filter. The oil keeps your engine parts lubricated while the filter captures harmful debris, dirt and metal fragments. All resulting in a healthier engine.

Have your brakes inspected

This is also a very important part of owning a vehicle for the safety of yourself and your family. Our summer weather conditions bringing heat, dust, thunderstorms with rain along with your normal stop-start driving and long trips all contribute to wear and tear. You will need to inspect your brakes regularly.

Book your vehicle in with us for all your summer maintenance tasks and let our trained technicians take care of your vehicle’s needs.