As we hit the hottest temperatures of the summer, check in with your car. Adhering to your regular maintenance is the best way to fight off any damage that comes this time of year.
Get your oil and oil filter changed.
Your oil can change with extreme weather, like summer heat. These intense conditions put extra demand and deteriorate the value of your oil and your oil filter. If these are not appropriately maintained, metal fragments and dirt can infiltrate the oil system, which will not lubricate your car parts, leading to many more problems down the road.
Top Off Your Fluids
All car fluids can be affected during this time of year. Look at your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and your coolant, which can be the most susceptible to fluid loss. Top off any that are running low to keep yourself safe on the road.
Monitor Your Tire Pressure
Your tires gain and lose pressure every day with the changing temperatures. With the extreme changes in the summer heat these months, your tires are at high risk for air loss. Look for any cuts or bulges in all of your tires, including your spare. Check each’s tire pressure and inflate as needed.
Assess Your Alignment
Take your car in to get it aligned. Common signs of unalignment include a vibrating steering wheel, an uncentered steering wheel when driving straight, and your car pulling to either side of the road. Not only does an aligned vehicle give you a safer ride, but it also can extend the life of your tires and even save you some gas money.
Check your Charge
A car’s battery can be severely affected in the summer months. The heat heightens fluid loss, and this oxidizes battery components. Steve Fox, DIrector of Automotive Services for AAA Oregon/Idaho, says, “Most people don’t realize that heat is the number one cause of battery failure and reduced battery life.”
Inspect Your Brakes
Regularly check your brakes throughout the season. Listen for any grinding sounds and feel for any vibration when applying the brakes. If there are any issues, contact your trusted service technician to keep your summer safe!
Source: Firestone Complete Auto Care