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5 DIY Vehicle Maintenance Measures for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, but before hitting the road on your next road trip, it’s important to make sure your car is ready for the journey. Many people assume their car is ready to travel without taking the necessary preventive measures to ensure everything is working as well as possible. The following guide provides a few car maintenance tips to ensure your ride is summer-ready before heading out to your next great destination.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Having windshield wipers that are in good condition is important. Summer storms can pop up without a moment's notice and impair your ability to see clearly. Professionals suggest replacing your vehicle’s wipers every six months for optimum efficiency.

Check the Coolant Levels

During the hot summer months, the radiator in your car works harder than at any other time of the year. Ensuring the coolant levels in the radiator are at appropriate levels ensures the radiator can work efficiently and reduce the chances of it overheating during your trip. If you haven’t had the coolant replaced in a year or two, consider having a professional drain and replace the coolant as it can degrade over time and become less effective.

Have Air Conditioning Checked

When driving on a smoldering hot day, the last thing you want to do is have to travel without air conditioning. Just because your air conditioning worked well last year, doesn’t mean it automatically will this year. It’s best to have a professional look over your air conditioning system before summer hits to ensure it is working well and no issues need to be addressed. The refrigerant may need to be filled to ensure the air conditioning blows the coldest air possible or the filter may need to be replaced to improve efficiency.

Ensure Tires Are in Good Condition

Driving on worn tires can be dangerous in any weather condition. In the hot summer months, it’s important to check your tires for the tread to increase the chances of being able to stop quickly when needed. Bald tires will slide and could cause you to get into an accident, especially if you are hauling something heavy behind your vehicle or have numerous people in your vehicle during the trip.

Have the Oil Changed

In order for the engine to function properly, it needs to be well-lubricated. It is suggested to have your oil changed before extensive summer driving starts. If you have had your oil changed somewhat recently, you should still check the oil level to see if it needs to be topped off.

Car maintenance for the summer isn’t expensive for the most part unless issues are discovered when professionals check the air conditioning or change the oil in the vehicle. If issues do arise and are too much for you to bear financially, consider selling your vehicle to Selling the car allows you to have money to invest in a new car or simply enjoy spending money on your next fun summer adventure. Contact us today.

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