How to Properly Care For Your Car During the Summer
Summertime is almost all the way through, and fall is just around the corner. Undoubtedly, among all the fun that we experienced doing summer activities, there is likely someone reading this who experienced some form of car trouble during the summer months. Your car has just as much personality, and as many unique needs as any person might have. That includes regular servicing, but it also includes special care during specific parts of the year. Summer maintenance and proper care of your car can make all the difference to your enjoyment of your time in the car — especially when it is extraordinarily hot out. Keeping these tips in mind is a great way to enjoy the end of your summer and all summers to come.
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Keeping an Eye On Your Air Conditioning
Your car’s air conditioning often is something that you don’t notice until it’s too late. After all, it’s not something you use all the time unless you live somewhere where temperatures exceed 65 degrees year-round. While it might not seem like a huge issue, not having air conditioning actually can be. Heat exhaustion is common if you live somewhere hot all the time, and even in Kansas, the summer heat can get dangerous. You can prevent putting yourself in an uncomfortable and potentially hazardous situation by checking your air conditioning even when it is not super hot out. Turn on the air conditioner once a month, if you don’t use it regularly, to see if it is still blowing cold air.
If you do notice that it is blowing cold air, but it is not as hot as it once was, it is time to take it into a mechanic. It could indicate that your air conditioning system has a leak or worse. In these instances, it’s always best to catch them early.
In extreme temperatures, the battery of your car might act up. This is common, and while it might not be a cause for alarm, it is always something to get checked out sooner rather than later. Auto shops, like Zeck Ford, will often check your battery’s health for free. Additionally, having a mechanic on hand who can recommend the best course of action for your battery if it does have issues can save you a lot of time down the road. Car batteries can have a long lifespan. However, if they are older than five years, it is best to get your battery’s life checked once every two months or so. Check your manual for specifications on this. Additionally, if you are planning on any big trips over the summer, always take your car to the mechanic beforehand. They will be able to check the life of the battery.
Tire Blowouts, Leaks, and Poor Tread
If you’re a dog parent, you’ve likely gotten talked to by your vet about keeping your pet’s paws safe during the summer. You’re not likely to venture outside onto the hot pavement barefoot, yourself. And while your car isn’t a living, breathing creature it doesn’t mean that it isn’t affected by the heat of the pavement. During the summer, pay special attention to the way that the car drives as well as to the tread on your vehicle. If you notice any tread wear, take it into your mechanic immediately. It could just indicate that the pavement is too hot, it could mean you need new tires, but it could also mean that there is something wrong with your car that is putting extra stress on the vehicle. Consider having your tires rotated at the end of the season, even if you don’t notice anything wrong with them.
Additionally, pay special attention to the tire pressure in your car. Blowouts and flats are frequent in the summer when the heat makes a direct impact on the air in the tire. If you notice your car’s air pressure constantly fluctuating, or if you are uncomfortable checking the tire pressure, take it into your mechanic.
Who would have guessed that cars overheating in the summer was a problem? It might sound like a writeoff, but there are ways to prevent your vehicle overheating in the summer. Before the heat of summer, take your car to a mechanic to check on the health of the engine. Your mechanic will examine whether or not there are any faulty seals anywhere in the engine. Additionally, they will check over the health and functionality of the radiator, water pump, and engine hoses. Making sure that your engine is in the best shape possible will ensure that no undue stress is put on the engine as the days get hotter.
Something you can do to prevent overheating is to check the coolant level consistently. If you notice the coolant is draining quickly, or that it has changed color, take it to your mechanic immediately.
Consistent Oil Checks
Checking your oil is a year-round thing, but it is especially important in the summer. If the temperatures rise and stay high for too long, it impacts the thickness of the oil and prevents it from lubricating the engine properly. In the summer, you might have to change your oil more than you usually would to keep the engine functioning properly. Remember to check your oil at least once a month and pay attention to its color and thickness.
Do you have a question about your car after reading this? Stop by Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas for answers. We work on all vehicles — from Ford and beyond — and know exactly what your car needs to make it summer-ready. Proper maintenance of your car is not about your leisure and comfort. We want you to get where you’re going in comfort and without having to worry about your car breaking down. More importantly, however, we want you to get where you are going safely, and your safety depends on a well-functioning vehicle. To schedule maintenance on your car, visit the Zeck Ford website or call (913) 634-2871.