The weather is getting hot, you have your summer vacation planned out, and you just purchased some new summer attire. You think you’re all set for summer and ready to soak up the sun. You forgot one thing though; getting your car ready for all your spontaneous summer adventures!
Start by taking your car in for an oil change. By getting your oil changed now means you can hop in your car and take a day trip at any time without having to worry about your oil. Have you checked out your tires recently? Tires help with your car's performance and safety. You can take your vehicle in to get them inspected or do it at home by looking for any bubbles, low air, or visible wear and tear. Get your tires rotated and replaced if needed. Don’t forget your spare tire, it’s the hero without a cape when you get a flat tire; make sure it's in great condition too.
Warmer weather usually means people are driving a bit faster than they did in the winter which means your brakes have to work harder to slow you down. Your brake pads can get warped and bent due to the high heat. If your brakes are squeaking, vibrating your whole car, or you see any odd texture on them be sure to take it into your auto mechanic to fix the problem. When you take in your car to a mechanic they will check all your fluid levels as well and usually top them off so your car is ready for the road. Don’t forget your brake fluid, it’s just as important as your tires. You want to be able to stop your car while driving right?
An important factor to check is your coolant levels, you want them to be full. If you haven’t had your coolant changed in a year then it's recommended you do so, it helps maximize your car's performance. While you’re under the hood take a peek at your battery to check for any battery acid or leakage.
Lastly, clean your car both inside and out. Take out any old receipts, wrappers, and any other mysterious goodies you might find. You don’t want to have a fully messy car when trying to transport 4 other people to the beach. Wash your car to get rid of winter dirt and spring pollen. Plus a shiny car looks good in the sunlight.
If you are hearing, smelling, or feeling anything slightly off, bring it into the professionals at Larry's Independent Service to fix any issues before summer comes. By getting regular checkups and taking care of your vehicles you can maximize your car's life. Make your appointment today!