Car Summer Servicing Guide
Car Summer Servicing Guide
Posted on June 20, 2022
Summer servicing is one of the most overlooked procedures, especially with today's busy schedules. It remains an important aspect in maintaining your car in top shape. Here’s a simple summer car service guide that’ll help you decide how to service your car this summer.
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Check the Oil Filter
Summer is the best time of the year to service your vehicle. However, there are some things you can do that’ll keep your car running smoothly and ensure that it stays in tip-top shape for the entire season.
One of these things is checking the oil filter and changing the oil. Changing your oil filter isn’t a task you should put off. It's an important part of maintaining your car, so make sure you change it every 3-6 months (or at least every 3,000 miles or 4,800km).
De-Winterize the Car
If you live in a place with extreme seasons, you'll want to ensure your car is ready for summer. Here are a few things to do:
- Switch to summer tires. Summer tires are designed for high temperatures and can prevent overheating. Ensure that all of your tires have at least 50% of their tread left.
- Check your oil and brake fluid levels and all fluids under the hood before driving far distances or for long periods.
- You should also check that all lights work properly to avoid any accidents on the road.
Check the Belts and Hoses
The belts and hoses on your car keep your engine running smoothly. When these wear out, they can cause problems that could cost you money down the line. Make sure to check them during your summer car servicing appointment, so you know whether or not they need to be replaced or repaired.
Always Inspect the Tires
Inspecting the tires during summer car maintenance is one of the most important things to keep your vehicle safe. Tires can be affected by several factors, and you must know what they’re so you take action appropriately.
Tire pressure: If your tire pressure is too low or too high, it’ll affect your car's handling and performance. Low tire pressure increases rolling resistance and reduces fuel economy. High tire pressure reduces traction and handling capabilities. Both situations can lead to an accident if not corrected quickly.
Wheel alignment: If your wheels are misaligned, it could cause uneven tread wear on your tires, which will result in premature replacement costs. You'll also see vibrations or shimmy as well as poor braking performance. This could lead to an accident if not corrected quickly.
Tire balance: All tires have a small imbalance from manufacturing defects or from normal wear over time. These imbalances cause a vibration when cornering at highway speeds and can lead to accelerated tread wear on one side of the tire, which means more frequent changes are needed for safety reasons alone!
The best way to get the most out of your car is to remember the information in this guide and apply the principles to your next summer service. Soon enough, your car will be back on track, and you'll be on your way to enjoying the summer with an awesome driving machine.
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