Summer Car Care

Is your vehicle ready for the heat?

Booking vacation rentals, buying a new wardrobe, and dieting aren’t the only plans you should be making to get ready for summer.  What about plans for your vehicle?  If your car or truck isn’t in shape, the rest of the plans might get thrown out the window.  So what should one do to get their vehicle ready for summer? Check out the following recommendations, and get to prepping!  If you prefer to leave it in the hands of professionals, schedule a time with the honest and dependable folks at Massengill’s Auto Service in Durham, NC.

What to focus on for summer

  • Air Conditioning Check-#1 on the list, and for good reason, is to make sure the A/C unit in your vehicle is running cold.  Not slightly cool, or room temperature…if it’s not cold, it’s not right!  Have it checked before the hot weather creeps up on you.   Summertime in the south can be brutal.  You don’t want to spend one single day without a booming A/C.
  • Battery Check-If you’re A/C is running strong, but your car won’t start due to a dead battery, then you’ll be stuck out in the heat waiting for a jump.  As part of your preparations, make sure the battery is alive and well, as well as free of acid deposits and dirt.
  • Cooling System Check-A faulty thermostat or water pump, and dirty or low coolant, will have you pulling off on the side of the road with an overheating engine.  Once again, back out in the heat!  Practicing prevention is the key to a cool running engine.  Checking the fluid level, the reservoirs, and the hoses for deterioration or damage is a smart move.
  • Tire Check-The wheels on your vehicle don’t like to overheat either.  And quite frankly, you don’t want them to.  If they are underinflated, exposing more surface area to hot pavement, there will be greater friction.  This sets the stage for a potential blow-out.

Save being stuck out in the heat for when you’re lying on the beach, or fishing by a cool river or lake.  Check the above systems and components, as well as your motor oil, windshield wiper fluid and blades, and brakes.  Also consider taking your car out for a spin, paying attention to any unusual sounds, smells, or sensations. A healthy car will have your mind resting easy for a relaxing summer.