Summer’s coming in and sweaters are coming off. In the cold winter months you dreamed about the hot summer trips you have planned with your family and friends.
Make sure your dreams come true! Don’t let your car be the reason you miss out on your plans or stress you out.
Follow our Summer Maintenance Checklist and your car will be the least of your worries.
1. Check Tire Pressure or Risk High Blood Pressure
Air pressure changes due to changes in temperature. It is an easy check that you can do yourself. Last thing you want to do is change a flat tire in the scorching heat. Unless this is what you look forward to in the summer.
2. Use The Right Lube For Your Engine
Sure, you check your oil change every 3,000 miles. However, even if you haven’t hit the change miles, you should consider getting an oil change if you are pulling a trailer or traveling long distances in the hot summer weather. Oil becomes more fluid with heat so you should check to make sure the oil you are using is thick enough to protect your engine.
3. Check Your Coolant Or Risk Being Un-Cool
Your engine gets very hot when it is running, and even more so when you add in high temperatures. It is absolutely crucial to check your coolant levels and to top it off. This way your engine will stay cool along with your temper.
4. Does Your AC Work?
Every summer, there are tons of drivers who enter their car sauna and flip on their AC to feel a blast of hot air. Don’t give yourself extra stress because you didn’t check to see if your AC works.
Summer is great, if you’re cool.
5. Cool Winter Tires! Too bad It’s Summer
So, get rid of your winter tires! They did their job, now change them out. Whatever tires you end up using, make sure to check your tread levels or shame yourself with a spare donut.
6. Summer Doesn’t Mean You Stop Wiping
When did anyone have the best chance to beat Muhammad Ali in a fight? Immediately, after he went 8 rounds with George Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle. Your wipers kept your windshield clear through the brutal winter, but after a bitter fight it needs a break. Unfortunately for your wipers, this means retirement cause a new wiper is in town.
7. What Does An Air Filter Do? Filters Air Duh!
You’re not alone. Most people have no clue what the benefits of replacing your air filter are. First, remember that gas prices go up in the summer. A new air filter will increase your fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
Not only that, if you change your air filter every 12,000 miles, then you will extend the life of your engine in the long run. Don’t have a one summer fling with your car, have healthy long-distance relationship.
8. Be Clean!
It’s reasonable enough to slack off on the exterior cleanliness of your car in the winter months. Most people won’t judge. However, when summer hits and your car is still dripping in the mascara left over from its winter breakup, well it’s just sad.
9. Be safe and Have Fun!
It’s summertime soon and we here at AAMCO hope it is a BLAST and make sure if you need any car fixes or maintenance, feel free to visit any of our locations near you!