5 Ways to Ensure Your Car is Summer Ready

  • Jun 7, 2021
  • Resources & Tips

As the weather gets warmer and warmer, your weekends are likely filling up with fun plans that take you all over the place. You’ve got your summer playlist geared up and the windows rolled down, but what else can you do to best prepare your vehicle for the summer weather? Ensure your road trips or rides to the beach aren’t disrupted by car trouble by reading these tips below:

Keep tabs on your oil: The hotter your car gets, the more important it is to ensure proper oil weight/viscosity, especially if you are driving an older car. If your car has significant mileage on it, it may be worth the peace of mind to upgrade to a heavier oil for the warmer months. To ensure the best care for your vehicle, consult with a trained technician at Warrenton Auto before changing over your oil.

Check your coolant: You do not want to find yourself idling in that backed-up beach traffic on a hot day if you’re unsure about your coolant levels. Check your cooling system by opening your hood and ensuring your coolant levels are where they should be. Something to watch out for is wetness left behind after your car has been parked. This is likely a coolant leak and your car should be serviced as quickly as possible. 

Inspect your tires: Before heading out on any new adventures, check your tire pressure. It is good practice to check the pressure of your spare tire as well, as no one ever plans on popping a tire. For efficient tire care, ensure there is no uneven or irregular wear in your tread and have your tires rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles. 

Check your air filter: Summer driving might mean taking some more backroads that cause dirt and gravel to clog your air filter. A blocked air filter is hard on your engine and also lowers fuel efficiency- neither of which is optimal when you’ve got a barbeque to get to. Ensure optimal airflow and engine care by checking your air filters and having us change them if they’re in bad shape.

Test your windshield wipers: The sun may be shining on the way to your destination, but there’s no telling when a rainstorm may interrupt your plans. Don’t put yourself in a dangerous position and check the quality of your wipers with a windshield wash before heading out. If wipers are cracked, torn, or leave streaks, have them replaced. Now that you know how to keep your car in the best shape for this summer, you’re set! All you need to do now is finalize that road trip playlist and secure the snacks for the beach. If you think your car needs some care before heading out on a long voyage, or just need some peace of mind, contact your local professionals at Warrenton Auto. We want your car to be in its best shape for all your summer adventures.