Keeping your auto running well with preventative maintenance is the difference between enjoying the open road and having your vehicle stuck in the repair shop. During the summer months, the heat and weather put a unique strain on a car and so it requires some special attention. Here are the top five summer auto maintenance tips to keep you on the road.
Keep Your Tyres Inflated – Saving Money And Being Safe
Your tyre pressure is an important part of a well running auto, but many people fail to check up on it. If your tyres are low on pressure, they will bulge outward and put pressure on the sidewalls. This means that, with enough heat and pressure the tyre will fail in the middle of a drive. On the other hand, if your tyre is over inflated, it makes less contact with the road and leads to a loss of traction and control especially in wet conditions.
Reference your auto’s manual and check your tyre pressure at least once a month.
Top Off Your Coolant To Beat The Summer Heat
You are not the only one who suffers from the summer heat; your engine has to stay cool as well. Start off by checking your belt and hoses and look for wear or cracking or any loose connections. These components drive your cooling system. Then check the coolant level and top it off if needed. Keeping your cooling system in top working order is critical when sitting in traffic on a hot summer day.
Clean Your Battery For Smooth Starts Every Morning
While many batteries die in the winter months, the summer heat can be just as bad as it speeds up the chemical reaction inside of batteries that leads to a shorter lifespan. The best way to maintain the battery is to clean the terminals periodically. Detach the cables and wipe down the terminals; you can also apply terminal grease (available at any auto store) when you put the connections back on for added protection.
Stay Cool – Maintain Your Air Conditioning
While the air conditioning is not vital to your car’s operation, it is vital to your comfort! We all spend a lot of time in our vehicles so being comfortable will make every commute and trip much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the most common cause of a failed air conditioning unit is a leak in the refrigerant which you can’t work on yourself. You will have to take it to an auto repair shop, but you can go in before the summer heat hits to have it checked. That way you won’t have to suffer through the heat once everyone else realises they need work done on their air conditioning.
Stock Your Roadside Emergency Kit
While it is a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit no matter the season, you are more likely to be taking holidays away from home during the summer so make sure you have one before then. Common items include:
* A set of screwdrivers and wrenches
* Torch and an extra set of batteries
* Jumper cables
* A jack and tyre iron
* Emergency flares and reflectors
* First aid kit
* Bottled water
With these five tips in mind, you can rest easy knowing you have taken all of the preventative measures possible when you hit the road this summer.
Revs Motors Tenerife will be happy to help you with any of these items. Call and book a time to bring in your vehicle in and get the peace of mind you deserve at a price you can afford.