Summer is just around the corner and people will be on the road for some adventures. But before you pack your bags, be sure to get your automobile summer-ready to ensure smooth-sailing trips during this hot season. Read on these tips and have your car “summerized” in no time!
- Get tabs on your car oil
Black and nasty oil can do horrendous damage to your vehicle. Check the quality of your oil as well as its levels. If the oil looks like amber, it should be fine. Once you see a different color, schedule a replacement ASAP. Be sure that the level of oil meets the fill mark.
- Be cool with your coolant
Since the hot weather will not be as forgiving, it would be best to ensure that the coolant mix and level is at their maximum. Go to your trusted repair shop to check if the water to ethylene glycol ratio is fine. If you haven’t replaced the coolant within the year, this is the best time to do it. And do not forget your radiator. Remove all debris that might cause mechanical failure.
- Replace your tires
Coming from winter season, your tires will probably be worn-out or underinflated. Have it replaced before your summer trip. Check the interior and exterior condition of the tires for wear and bubbles. Replace them immediately if you see these signs. It is also advisable to have tires dedicated for winter and summer. All-season summer tires are good, but having a different set of tires for different seasons is better to ensure safety. Lastly, be sure your spare tire is in best condition.
- Do not forget the A/C
Since the temp will be hot outside, be sure that the inside of your car is cool and comfortable. Get a tested technician to check the condition of your car’s AC. Have the cabin air filter cleaned or replaced if necessary.
- Give it a thorough under-the-hood inspection.
To ensure safety, get an overall check. Visit your trusted car technician to check everything. Schedule the visit a week before the trip so you have time for repairs and parts replacement. While you are at it, you can also pack your car essentials (tools, cleaners, etc.) and put them in your vehicle before the trip. This can be handy if the need arises.
Proper car checking and maintenance can save you from the hassle of car breakdown and mechanical failure. And remember, it always pays to be prepared especially when you are on the road, whether it is summer or winter.