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6 Car Maintenance Tips Before Summer Starts

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You’re likely going to take some time to enjoy the summer weather and drive to a local beach or camping area this season. You’ll need your Ford or your Honda vehicle in peak condition to keep the drive comfortable and make sure the family is safe for your travels. Within this latest blog post, we’ll take a look at summer vehicle maintenance needs and outline what you need to know to keep your vehicle in peak condition during the warmer weather this year.

1. Review the Tires

We know that tires are one of the most commonly overlooked part of the vehicle for many drivers. This can lead to dangerous driving conditions. Tire pressure can change with rising temperatures, and the pressure within the tire can change by one to two PSI for every 10-degree rise in temperature. An over-inflated tire can bulge and put pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. While an underinflated tire makes less contact with the road surface and can cause hydroplaning of the vehicle in rainy summer conditions. Make sure you work with a mechanic if you’re unable to properly inflate your tires according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Check Hoses and Belts

The hoses and belts within your vehicle will be instrumental in keeping the vehicle cool throughout the summer season. Check the engine hoses for cracks, leaks, and loose connections that might prevent coolant getting to the engine. The hoses should be firm, not soft to the touch. If they are soft, they require professional replacement before any trips are taken. You should also make sure you check belts for cracks and damage.

3. Change the Air Filter

Before you take a trip this summer season, make sure you change your air filter ready for the drive ahead. During the winter season, your vehicle has likely been clogged with dirt and salt from the road. And a clogged air filter can significantly reduce your vehicle’s efficiency. Replacing the filter can improve your mileage by as much as 10%.

4. Replace Your Windshield Wiper

You might feel comfortable enough with your current windshield wipers, but it takes one summer storm to lead to a dangerous driving environment in which you can’t fully see the road ahead. Throughout the winter season, your wipers are subject to salt, ice, snow and extreme temperatures that can crack the material. When your wipers start leaving visible streaks during the cleaning process, it’s time for a replacement.

5. Review the Cooling System

Summers can be tough on your cooling system. Sometimes, simply sitting within your vehicle at a traffic light on a hot day is enough to cause long-term damage to cooling components. That’s because there’s no air flowing across the engine to keep it cool. Try to make sure your cooling system goes through the tuning process before you take long trips this summer, and make sure a qualified mechanic reviews the system for any component damage that may have occurred.

6. Test Your Batteries

It’s well-known across the consumer marketplace that winter time is tough on your batteries. But the lesser known truth is that summer can be just as taxing for your vehicle’s battery. The summer heat may speed up the chemical reaction that takes place when powering a vehicle through the battery. This can dramatically shorten the battery’s lifespan. The summer heat may also cause evaporation of internal battery liquid. Try to have your battery tested at a local service shop before taking long trips this summer, and make sure you have a qualified specialist on-hand to offer their guidance.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer drives this season! By following the guidance in this post, you can keep your vehicle in great condition, limit long-term maintenance issues, and save money on trips to the mechanic!

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