How To Prepare Your Car For The Upcoming Summer
Published December 15th, 2017
Weather doesn’t just affect you, plants and animals, it also affects your car. The hot summer heat can cause major changes to your car’s performance that you may not be aware of. Also, your car will need different things and attention than it does in the winter months to ensure it runs smoothly.
Here’s how to prepare your car for the summer heat:
The change in season is the perfect time to go through your car and check that your fluids are topped up and ready to take on the warmer weather. You should check the brake, power steering, transmission, windscreen fluid, coolant and water levels.
- Oil and Filter
By keeping clean oil running through your engine you can be sure that you are preserving your car and keeping it running perfectly and without problems. Come summer, you should change your oil and replace your filter.
- Spark Plugs
You should take the time to check your spark plugs to make sure they are in working order. Spark plugs that are worn out can have a massive impact on your petrol efficiency.
A cold winter preceding autumn and the upcoming summer means that you should definitely have your battery tested to make sure it’s working properly. Colder temperatures have a damaging effect on car batteries, that’s why this summer is the best time to check if all is in good working order.
- Belts and Hoses
Cold weather brings about a damaging effect on the rubber in the belts and hoses of your car. Be sure that they haven’t been worn down in the winter. You may miss cracks and minor things you won’t suspect may be a damaged belt, so be sure of it all checked out properly by an expert.
It is vitally important that you have your tyres checked properly by an expert, and ensure the tread is safe for you to be on the road. While you’re there, check your tyre pressure as well.
Summer is a great time to perform an overall health check on your car. It will help you understand the impact that winter and the colder weather has had on your car. You should aim to keep your car in optimal shape, which means regular checks, especially from season to season.
For more information about what you can to do have your car summer-ready, visit your closest ABS Auto store or contact us today.