Prepare Your Car for the Summer Heat

Get ready for one of the hottest summers on record with these essential car maintenance tips. The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting scorching temperatures for parts of the country in summer 2023. Don’t let the heat take a toll on your vehicle and leave you with expensive repairs.

Follow these simple steps to keep your car running smoothly and your passengers cool:

1. Check your cooling system: Regularly inspect coolant levels and the radiator for leaks or damage to prevent overheating.

2. Monitor radiator coolant: Engine heat can cause fluid to evaporate and break down, affecting the vehicle’s cooling. Consult your service advisor to determine if a fluid flush and replacement are needed.

3. Gauge tire pressure: High temperatures can cause overinflation in tires. Refer to your owner’s manual for recommended tire pressure.

4. Test battery condition: Heat can cause battery fluid evaporation and corrosion. Inspect for any signs of leakage, cracks, or corrosion and clean terminals with a battery cleaning brush.

5. Inspect belts and hoses: Hot weather can accelerate wear and deterioration in these components. Check for signs of wear, cracks, or leaks to prevent engine failure.

6. Maintain fluid levels: Hot weather and long drives put extra strain on your car’s fluids. Regularly check oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid levels.

7. Protect your car’s interior: Sunlight and high temperatures can damage your car’s interior. Invest in sunshades, seat covers, and apply a UV protectant to prevent fading, cracking, and discoloration.

8. Check climate control system: Ensure your air conditioning system is functioning properly. Test for cold air and recharge or seek professional inspection if necessary.

9. Clean air vents: Clear any dust, bugs, pet fur, or leaves from air vents to improve airflow throughout the cabin.

10. Replace worn drive belts: Don’t risk engine overheating and being stranded. Replace worn or cracked serpentine drive belts.

Don’t let the heat catch you off guard. Take these steps now to protect your car and ensure a comfortable and worry-free summer driving experience.