The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter and the air is getting warmer. The season of summer activities and travel are upon us, and it is time to begin to plan ahead for the busy summer months. When it comes to you vehicle, a little of preemptive maintenance can really benefit you in the future and help you to avoid any mechanical headaches. AIS has compiled a list of maintenance tips in order to help keep your car ready for summer.
Before your air conditioning quits in the hottest month of the summer heat, you can inspect you carâ€™s system for worn or damaged belts. The belt on your air conditioner drives the compressor, and if that breaks, you won’t get any air conditioning inside your car.
It also contains a condenser that looks very similar to a radiator. You can inspect the fins to be sure they are clear of debris because when air moves freely around the condenser, your carâ€™s refrigerant is able to do its cooling job better.
It is important to have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles and to check your carâ€™s tire pressures once a month. Itâ€™s best to check them while they’re cold and before driving for any distance. Also, don’t forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. You should examine your tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping while also checking the sidewalls for cuts and nicks.
The number one reason for breakdowns in the summer months is because of overheating. Not only should the cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months, but the level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. Your car should always have a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water.
Summerâ€™s intense warm weather can do a number on your carâ€™s parts and well-being, but keeping up with regular maintenance and taking simple steps toward protecting your car will ensure your car keeps going for all summer.
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