Summer is just around the corner and if you’re like most people, you have some big plans as to how you’re going to spend it. You might be planning a road trip this summer. Or you might be thinking you’re just going to spend time relaxing, maybe taking in a ball game or two. Either way, it’s important to prepare your car for the summer ahead. A car service checklist might be the last thing on your mind, but if you take a little time to perform some simple steps, you’ll be glad you did!
Replace your Air Filter: Your car’s air filter should be changed at least twice a year. If you change it before summer and then before winter, your car has a clean filter and it is easier to remember when the filter was last changed.
Replace your Windshield Wipers: Winter weather can be brutal on your windshield wipers making them virtually useless in a sudden summer rain shower. Replace them at the beginning of the summer and eliminate any chance of problems later on.
Check your Tires: Summer travel can usually include driving in the rain. The tread on your tires needs to be adequate to keep you on the road in rainy weather. Check the tread depth to make sure it’s deep enough and check the tire pressure too.
Check your Battery: Corrosion can begin to build up during winter weather driving. Have your battery posts and cables checked for corrosion and if necessary have them cleaned to avoid any problems starting your car.
Check your Headlights: We don’t always notice if a headlight bulb is out. Putting this service on the checklist will make it safer to drive during the nighttime and twilight hours.
Check your Brakes: Just like replacing your air filter, it’s a good idea to have your brakes inspected twice a year also. Have your brakes checked to make sure they are working properly and aren’t worn. It’s also a good time to have your brake fluid checked.
Radiator Flush: Summer weather really puts your car’s coolant to the test. By flushing your radiator of the old coolant and replacing it with fresh coolant, you are giving your radiator a better chance of keeping your car running like it should.
Now, once your car service checklist for Summer is completed, you will be able to get on with the business of living life! As you do, take a moment to reflect on this quote from Lillian Dickson, “Life is a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can spend it only once.”
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