Summer Car Care Tips
It’s time for a summer road trip, is your car ready? With the weather heating up, it’s not just skin that needs protection, your car is also susceptible to heat-related damage. High temperatures, road construction, debris and long trips can all impact your car’s performance. However, with some preparation, you can avoid bigger issues and expensive repairs. To make sure your summer isn’t plagued with car trouble, here are Lebanon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership’s top tips for summer car care:
Keep Your Car Hydrated: While your car’s fluid levels are always important to keep an eye on, it’s especially critical when temperatures are high and likely to burn off more moisture. Check the following:
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
As you check your fluid levels, also be aware of any leaks that could be draining your car. Broken and damaged hoses and connections can cause your fluids to drain and create additional problems so be aware of excessive moisture coming from your vehicle.
Check Your Tires: Tire pressure fluctuates with the temperature. Failing to check pressure regularly can lead to blow-outs and premature damage. Expert Tip: When checking your tires, remember to check your spare tire too! Hidden away, it’s easy to forget about this essential part of road safety so put it on your car care checklist.
Use Shade: Employing a sunshade for your windshield and side windows will serve several uses. Not only will these shades keep your car cooler, you will also keep your car’s interior from fading prematurely from sun damage.
Check Your Battery: Your battery is one of the most heat-susceptible areas of your car. High temperatures put a lot of pressure on your battery and burn away essential fluids and moisture. Having your battery tested before summer can help you avoid a breakdown.
Replace or Clean your Filters: Both your air and oil filters should be in peak condition to keep your car healthy and running well. Your oil filter, like your battery and tires, is directly affected by the temperature and summer can be particularly hard on this part. Having it clean and ready to go keeps your other parts safe and lubricated. Your air filter, which keeps harmful materials from entering your engine, should also be cleaned or replaced to prevent greater issues.
At Lebanon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership, we know that preparing our cars for hot weather is the best way to prevent greater issues and repairs later. However, if your car or truck is starting to require too much maintenance, a new vehicle is the best way to stay safe on the road. For all your summer road trip needs, check out our full selection of new and pre-owned vehicles.