How to Summer-ize Your Car
We go to great lengths to be certain our vehicles are prepared for winter. Who wants to get stuck in sub-zero degree weather with a stalled car?
But what about during the summer? Believe it or not, the heat takes its toll on your car, too, so it is important to keep your car serviced.
Periodic maintenance on your car will save you tremendous hassle in the long term. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too! I made it a point to get my car serviced according to the dealer's schedule, and when I traded it in, I got much more than I anticipated because of the stellar condition of the engine.
I know this is not bedtime reading, but the owner's manual can be your very best friend - assuming you read it! At least have a look-through occasionally. How about while you're waiting to get your oil changed?
Follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedules. This could save you a significant breakdown.
Have the air conditioning system looked over by a skilled technician. A check up here will save you a massive bill later.
The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Avoid this problem by making certain the cooling system is flushed and refilled as recommended.
Have your car's belts, clamps, and hoses checked by a technician. This only takes a couple of minutes and is usually cheap.
Change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or four times annually.
Replace air and fuel filters as recommended.
Get loads of windshield washer solvent - we have a propensity to use a whole lot of this in the winter, so your fluids may be reduced.
Tires should be rotated every 5000 miles or so.
Check the spare tire to be sure it's inflated correctly. Additionally, be certain that you have a jack along with it!
Transmission troubles equal money troubles equivalent emotional troubles! Have your transmission serviced periodically, and avoid big-time repair invoices.
If you find that your brakes are less efficient, have them checked out straight away.
Have your battery checked periodically to determine how much life it has left!
Inspect all lights and bulbs to be sure they are working.
Carry a first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a mobile phone.
There you go - a simple list to keep your vehicle in good running shape. Keep in mind, your car has to be maintained and checked over even in the summertime.
Taking care of your car takes just a couple of minutes every month, and pays you big dividends for the life span of your automobile.