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Top 5 Summer Car Care Tips

Top 5 Summer Car Care TipsSummer’s sweltering temps amplify the effects that daily driving can have on your vehicle. From making sure that your air conditioning unit is ready to keep you cool to ensuring that your engine is prepped to keep you off the shoulder, summer car care should always be a priority.

Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape this summer with the following car care tips from the expert techs at Automotive Training Center!

1. Keep Your Engine Cool

Rising outdoor temperatures further heat your car’s engine, so it makes sense that an overheated motor is the number one cause of summer breakdowns. A liquid mix made up of antifreeze and water known as coolant is at the center of your vehicle’s internal cool-down process.

In the summertime, keeping an eye on coolant levels under the hood becomes exponentially important. To stay en route over roadside, make sure that you check and top off coolant levels every few weeks (at a minimum!).

2. Get Your Car’s AC Unit Inspected

Top car care tipsOne of the last things we all want to be without is cabin air conditioning during our summer drives, so this tip may already be top of mind. The reality is, an AC system that’s on its way out won’t last through the heat of the summer. It pays to get it inspected by a certified technician now to see if it will be able to stand up to July and August scorchers.

3. Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Summer thunderstorms are known for their monsoon-equivalent rain-dumping nature. Spring is the logical time to switch out your wiper blades for a new set, especially if the same pair has already served as your winter wipers as well. And don’t forget to keep your washer fluid full throughout the season!

4. Increase Oil Change Frequency

Our schedules tend to shift in the summer time and our car’s maintenance schedules should too. If you’ve got long road trips on the horizon, a stint of towing a boat or camper in the works, or just tend to drive shorter trips more often in the summer, your oil change frequency needs to adjust accordingly. During summer travel, follow your manual’s elevated maintenance schedule. The summer schedule for your car can be found inside its owner’s manual.

5. Really Check Your Tires

Car Care Tip Check Tire PressureAs temperatures climb into the 80s and 90s, your tires are at a higher risk for a blowout. This makes monitoring pressure levels paramount. Using your vehicle’s onboard monitoring system is great, but you also want to use a manual gauge to check the pressure at least once a month during hotter weather.

Make sure that you keep up with your scheduled tire rotations and always perform a visual inspection along with your tire pressure to evaluate wear and tread life.

You may complete these fixes and checks at home or rely on a trusted automotive technician. Students enrolled in ATC’s five programs get hands-on shop experience performing these checks and changes that help customers stay comfortable and safe on the road at any time of year!

Curious to learn more about how automotive technicians handle scheduled vehicle maintenance? Download ATC’s free eBook that provides you with a behind-the-scenes, step-by-step summary of how the professionals perform the most common routine maintenance procedures.


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5 thoughts on “Top 5 Summer Car Care Tips

  1. Brooke McAvoy

    I appreciate your tip about getting the air conditioning inspected. Last summer, the AC in my car stopped working in July. This make the rest of the summer a particularly sweaty one for me. I’m sure that if I had inspected it early, I would have caught the problem before the inconvenience was much more significant. I will keep all of your helpful summer car maintenance tips in mind, thank you!

  2. Tobias Armstrong

    I never would have thought that replacing windshield wipers would be so important. It makes sense that if you get caught in a storm, you’re going to want to be able to see well though, so in that case, changing them is the smart thing to do. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rachel

    Last summer ended with my engine giving out due to overheating. While part of it was due to leaking coolant, if I had paid better attention I probably could have caught it before it got too bad. I’m going to have to stay more aware this time around. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  4. Gregory Willard

    It sounds like a great idea to have your car’s AC inspected. We have been driving quite a bit this summer, and have noticed that our AC isn’t as cold as it used to be. We will definitely have to take it in to be checked.

  5. Kairi Gainsborough

    I agree that driving in the summer without AC is the last thing anyone wants to do. I’ve actually been meaning to get my car serviced soon, so I’ll have to remember to have them check the AC as well. It seems to be blowing air just fine, but it smells weird. Hopefully, they can figure out why that would happen!

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