Regular service can help to preserve the resale value of your car and decrease the likelihood of a breakdown. Every good car owner should stay on top of maintenance as much as possible, especially when the seasons change. Shifts in weather patterns and temperature make summer auto maintenance important, and there are a few tips to keep in mind when going through your checklist.
The summer is usually hotter than other seasons, so you should be sure to check and top off the antifreeze/coolant. This is also a good time to replace the oil (many manufacturers suggest you do it every 3 months or 3,000 miles anyway) and to top off the wiper fluid if necessary. Other things to check include the transmission fluid (which is usually done while the engine is warm), brake fluid, and power-steering fluid.
You don’t want to lose your air conditioning on a sweltering summer day, so be sure to have the A/C inspected and recharged if necessary. Many places sell kits that let you recharge your car’s system on your own, but if you’re not comfortable doing that you should visit your local dealership service center.
Wash and Wax
Protecting the paint is always important, which is one reason you should wash and wax your car. Try to use soft water if possible to avoid water spots and use a hard wax and buffer to add a protective layer to the paint. If you wax your car once during the summer, that’s usually all the protection you need.
Air pressure changes with the temperature, so it’s possible your tires are overinflated during the summer. Overinflation can cause tire to rub on the road, lowering fuel economy and increasing wear. While you check the pressure, be sure to do a visual inspection of the tires to look for cracking, bald spots, or bulging—each of which is an indication your car tires are going bad.
Finally, if you are at all concerned about the health of your engine, make sure to bring it in to our skilled technicians at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi .