Summer Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Summer is approaching fast and now is the time to get yourself -- and your car -- ready! Cars are not always very forgiving of the hot summer weather. So, we all have to take precautions to ensure that no one gets stranded in the middle of nowhere because of an overheated engine that could've been prevented.

Here's a list of everything you should get checked so that you know your car is in top shape for summer.

  1. Battery Test
  2. Brakes Inspection
  3. Oil and Filter Check
  4. Tire Pressure
  5. Alignment Evaluation
  6. Fluids Check

Battery Test

Since so many of us haven't been driving as much as we normally would be, it's important to get your battery tested and make sure it's up and running. You wouldn't want to discover that it wasn't working properly when you're well on your way to somewhere important. The short amount of time you would save by not taking it in to get checked isn't worth the possibility of getting stranded somewhere.

Brakes Inspection

Your brakes are one of the most important safety features of any car. When you're driving over to get your brakes checked, take it as an opportunity to really listen to any noises your car might be making. It just might be trying to tell you something important. Report any noises you hear to your mechanic.

Oil and Filter Check

It's time for your twice-yearly oil and filter check! This is something that you will definitely appreciate in the future when your filter is nice and clean with the cool air conditioning coming through. It wouldn't be very nice if you had musty, moldy air blowing right into your face just when you need a cool breeze the most.

Tire Pressure

The drastic changes in temperature mean it's a good idea to get your tire pressure checked. The intermittent hot and cold air can do a number on your tires. So, now is a good time to whip them back into shape for a smooth ride this summer.

Alignment Evaluation

While you're at it, check your alignment. This is especially important if you're a bit of a rough driver. If your steering is misaligned, it can throw off other parts of your car bit by bit, which can become a real problem.

Fluids Check

Last but not least -- fluids. That means your radiator fluid, brake fluids, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, washer fluid, and the fluid that becomes necessary in the summer -- coolant! Check your fluids and if necessary, top them up. This is not a step you want to skip.

If you need to get your vehicle ready for the summer, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!