Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

A change in season comes with a change in environment, and your car’s performance depends on how it reacts to that environment. Summer’s heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle and could result in a breakdown. However you can reduce the odds of mechanical failures through periodic maintenance and simple checks. Follow these tips to get your car ready for summer:

Air Conditioning

Most vehicles are equipped with an air-conditioner which counts as a huge advantage in summer driving, and keeping the system up & running is vitally important. Have the air-conditioning system examined to ensure its working properly ahead of summers. Refill the refrigerant if necessary.

Related: Beginner’s Guide: Why Coolant Should Be Used Instead Of Plain Water

Cooling System

One of the greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of coolant and water is usually recommended.) The radiator should also be inspected and serviced before summers if needed.

Oil Change

Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your vehicle’s manual, usually between 3,000 to 5,000 kms depending on your driving, routes, the age of the vehicle & the state of your engine

Related: Beginner’s Guide: Importance Of Engine Oil & Their Regular Change

Engine Performance

Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good workshop.

Tires

Tires take the most beating in summers. Take a look at your tires to see if they are in top shape for summer as they have to be in contact with hot summer roads all the time. It is important to check the air pressure in your tires as it’s critical to have properly inflated tires. Proper inflation assures the best possible contact between the tires and the road. An improperly inflated/ over inflated tire can overheat, potentially leading to a blowout.

Related: Importance Of Correct Tire Pressure

Check your owner’s manual or the driver side door jamb to find the correct tire pressures. Morning is the best time to check the pressure when the tires are cold. Properly inflated tires will also last longer and improve mileage.

Don’t forget to check your spare tire as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is a must if there is an uneven tread wear or if your car pulls to one side.

Brakes

Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly. Replace brake shoes if necessary.

Related: What To Do If Your Car Overheats

Battery

Batteries can fail any time of year. The best way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment, take your car to a battery shop and get it inspected. In routine care, scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces and tighten all connections. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Check the fluid level once in a month.

Related: Why Its Good To Keep Your Car’s Engine Clean?

Emergencies

It’s a good idea to carry some basic emergency tools in your car. This may include a first aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables etc. Consider carrying a car charger for your cell phone too.

Car care is definitely a win-win situation. A properly maintained and operated car will run more efficiently, will be safer, will last longer and more importantly will save you a lot of time, hassle and indeed money!

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UsmanAnsari
A car enthusiast associated with the 3D Animation industry of Pakistan since year 2000 having worked with leading organizations and production facilities across Pakistan. Passionate about cars ever since, and a strong desire to see the automobile industry of Pakistan flourish in true means, Usman Ansari has a vast experience of writing for major automobile portals of the country. Drives a Honda City SX8 as a daily runner, as well as a 10th generation Toyota Corolla Gli. CarSpiritPK.com was initiated by Usman Ansari in May 2016.

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