The last half of May means we should get our cars ready for summer. Better weather means more time on the road, driving your car on fun road trips. If you have kids, they will be out of school, and they’ll be asking, “Are we there yet?”
You may have not serviced your vehicle after a long winter, and now is the right time. The family will be spending hours on the highway headed to a favorite vacation spot, and so you will need the following ten tips for prepping your car for summer. For the best results, call a certified mechanic to give you a hand.
A standard battery needs regular checks to ensure it is at a proper fluid level. Visually inspect there are no stains or leaks in the top area. A sealed battery is essentially maintenance free, but a traditional battery will need its fluid level maintained.
Brake Fluid Clear and Full
As brakes are hydraulic devices, brake fluid is hydraulic fluid. The liquid should appear clear and be near or at the reservoir’s full marking. It operates in high temperatures, which would gradually result in a decrease of braking performance from degradation if neglected. Due to its hydroscopic nature, brake fluid absorbs moisture and degrades.
Due to the extremes of winter temperatures in certain regions, brake pads often suffer serious wear and cracking. The rough weather may also impact brake rotors and drums, and they should be inspected as well.
Coolant On the Level
A car’s coolant level should be at the full line. Add a 50/50 proper mix of water and coolant if the coolant reservoir is low. For maximum performance, the coolant liquid should be changed annually.
After checking that the oil is at the proper level, take a look at its color. An amber color means the oil is still viable. When it is black, it is time for a change. Typically, regular oil can last from 4,000 to 5,000 miles, while synthetic lasts between 6,000 and 7,000 miles.
Part 2 will cover the second 5 of 10 tips for prepping your car for summer
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