Tips for the Summer Time

Tips for the Summer Time

Here’s a few tips for staying safe and keeping your car in prime condition this summer.

Old or not, cars need attention. This is especially true when you live in an area that goes through extreme temperature or weather changes. The last thing you need is to get stranded on the highway with your family during a heat wave. So we’ve come up with a list of summer car prep tips to keep you safe this summer.

1. Maintain Your Air Conditioning

If you’ve ever lost your air conditioning on a hot summer day, then you know what a big difference a little cool air makes. The best way to tell if your air conditioner has a problem is if it can’t generate or maintain air temperatures that are 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) below the ambient outside air temperature.

2. Clean Your Battery

Wintertime is notorious for dead batteries and early morning jumpstarts. But the truth is that hot weather is even tougher on your battery. Summer heat can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing the battery to be overcharged. This can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your battery.

3. Check the Coolant and Radiator

Cars are designed to run hot, but there’s a limit to how hot they should run. A combustion engine is most efficient at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius). But if an engine is allowed to get too hot, moving metal parts can actually start to melt and fuse together, causing a variety of internal problems for your engine — and, you guessed it, a hefty repair bill.

4. Check Your Brakes

Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on your car. Don’t put yourself or your family at risk this summer by riding around on worn down or faulty brakes.

5. Replace Your Windshield Wipers

The summertime is notorious for sudden, violent thunderstorms. When buckets of water are beating against your windshield, you need wipers that really work. Even more so at night, when a rain storm can decrease visibility to 15 or 20 feet in front of your vehicle.

6. Change the Air Filter

Over the winter, your car’s air filter can get clogged with salt and other thick debris. A clogged air filter can really lower your fuel efficiency. Replacing a dirty or clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.

7. Check Hoses and Belts

The key to summer driving is keeping the engine cool. The hoses connected to the radiator help pump coolant to and from the engine block, and the belts run the fan that helps cool the system further. If the hoses crack or the belts snap, the radiator will quickly overheat, leaving you stranded.

8. De-Winterize Your Car

If you followed our Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips, then there are several things you need to do to “un-winterize” your car for the summer weather. First of all, get rid of those snow tires. Snow tires are heavy and will lower your fuel economy.

If you haven’t driven your car very much during the winter, or if you’ve had it in storage, then you need to check all of the fluid levels — coolant, transmission, differential, power steering and brake fluid — to make sure there weren’t any leaks. You’ll also want to change the oil, since oil gets thick and collects condensation if it sits in the engine all winter. If you haven’t used your battery in a while, you might need a recharge or a replacement.

9. Change Oil and Oil Filter

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It keeps hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. Most owner’s manuals suggest that you change your oil and oil filter every 7,500 miles (12,070 kilometers). Oil change specialists suggest every 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) or three months. The fact is, most of us do a lot of heavy driving during the summer when an engine is more likely to overheat. So at least check your oil before you head out on that road trip with the family.

10. Check your tires

Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a car. According the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), only one out of 10 drivers checks his or her tire pressure correctly, compared with almost seven out of 10 who wash their cars regularly [source: RMA]. But the truth is that an under-inflated, over-inflated, worn down or misaligned tire can be extremely dangerous, particularly in hot summer weather.

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  • Andrew Combs
    March 5, 2018, 12:15 pm REPLY

    The vehicles are highly susceptible to breakdowns during the dog days. Many vehicle owners talk about the winter strains. But they don’t know that the warmer spell of summer can be equally challenging for their road companion to deal with. Thus, it is good to ensure that you have malfunction cover scheme to protect yourself, and your family members, especially when you are planning on taking your speed machine for a stomping ground. And I would like to tell that summer car care is the only breakdown cover policy that can reduce the chances of getting stranded while you are on a trek. Summer car care is a seasonal care. For other maintenance details, you can refer- https://importmotorworx.com/services/ .

  • Loris winstone
    April 7, 2018, 9:49 am REPLY

    I agree that damaged air filter could not provide purified oxygen to the engine more efficiently and hence affects the fuel economy of the vehicle in a more diverse way. So, the condition of the air filter needs to be inspected properly and if necessary should be replaced with suitable alternatives( You may like to visit: http://www.beachhouseimports.com/services.html ). Apart from this, the condition of wiper blades needs to be evaluated and if the wiper blade is in poor condition, then it would be great to replace such wipers with new one.

  • Janet Chua
    June 22, 2018, 8:04 am REPLY

    In this blog author has shared some tips for keeping our car safe and in prime condition this summer. First we should maintain the air conditioning system properly. If our car’s AC is not providing us with sufficient cool air then we must get it checked. Hot weather can drain a car battery. It can evaporate the fluid inside the battery. Therefore we must check the condition of the battery during summer. If it is found to be damaged, it must be replaced with a new one. For replacement of car battery you may refer to:
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  • Samantha Smith
    July 20, 2018, 1:03 pm REPLY

    The extreme heat during summer can be cause of vehicle breakdown. To save the vehicles from extreme heat of summer we must keep their air conditioning system in good condition. If the AC system is not providing us with sufficient cool air then it should be checked and repaired. We should check the level of all essential fluids including the coolant. Even if it is summer season,still chances of rain is there. So we must keep the windshield wipers ready. If the wipers are worn out, we must replace them. For windshield wiper replacement of your car by a qualified mechanic from a reputed auto repair center, you may visit:
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  • Penny Albritton
    August 21, 2018, 1:29 pm REPLY

    summer days are tough for vehicles. Because vehicles have to bear extreme heat of sun during these days. To stay safe and keep our car in prime condition this summer, the author has mentioned some valuable tips. We should maintain the air conditioning system properly, clean the terminals of the battery, check the level of coolant,check the brakes. Car’s air filter can get clogged with salt and other thick debris during winter and a clogged air filter decreases the fuel efficiency. So we need to replace the air filter during summer. For this you may refer to:
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