The summer season has been amongst us! While it brings good weather to venture outdoors, the high temperatures can take a toll on your body as well as your car. Your vehicle needs greater care tips to get through the hot afternoons which is unlike your skin that could benefit from applying some sunscreen,. Here’s how you keep your car in top-notch shape this summer with hard facts from the experts at Dr Car Wash in Houston.
Keep your engine cool and Clean
One of the most frequent reasons for car breakdowns emanates from rising temperatures that heat your car’s engine to breaking points. Fortunately, the cooling systems should come in handy to prevent engine heat. Make sure that you flush the cooling systems frequently depending on the vehicle manufacturer’s instructions as it loses effectiveness over time. Ensure that the coolant is refilled to adequate levels by confirming the overflow reservoir status. These coolants contains typically a mixture of a 50/50 mix of water and the coolant recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Some of the hoses and drive belts are also prone to heat-related deterioration. It’s advisable to inspect for cracks, soft spots, and other signs of wear and replace them immediately. Be on the lookout for coolant leaks that tend to be prevalent during the summer as the fluid expands.
Change the wipers
Your windshield wipers have been doing an excellent job over the winter seasons, clearing the frost, ice, and snow as well as taking care of the water accumulated during the storm season, to have a clear view of your way. You are likely entering the summer season with worn-out and tired wipers. Summer thunderstorms are well known for their monsoon-equivalent downpour-dumping nature. You should be replacing your wiper blades with a new set in preparation for the summer’s sudden rains. Changing wipers is a trivial and equally inexpensive task..
Check Your engine belts
You are preparing for any possibility of a summer breakdown which can be very bothersome. One thing that you don’t want to ignore is the engine belts. Your mechanic at Dr. Car Wash should advise best on how regularly you should replace the belts. However, extreme temperatures are known to expand the engine belts which cause rapid wear, misalignment, and fluid leaks.
You would want to keep getting the engine belts for wear, missing pieces, cracks, burn and marks that indicate oil or tear on the belt.
Always peek at the tires
This tip extends beyond the summer and into other seasons as well. Regardless of the season, check your tires for three things:
- Are they rightly inflated?
- Do you have a spare or donut?
- What is the condition of the treads – how deep they are?
As the summer temperature shoots to boiling levels, your tires are prone to a blowout. Monitoring pressure levels is paramount, especially in the hot afternoon hours. Keep up with your routine tire rotations and inspect your tire pressure visually. Check for any wear signs and tread life of the tire before proceeding to adjust. Inspect at least once a month to keep the summer breakdowns at bay.
Final summer note
Other general summer vehicle care tips entail checking the oil levels and replacing it once it gets dirty, testing the car batteries, examining your car’s alignment, checking for air conditioning, and replacing all car fluids. These tips should help you cruise through the boiling roads just fine to your favorite beach or summer party. Don’t forget to have the mechanic at Dr. Car Wash locations give you the green light!
West Oaks/Memorial Location
2030 Highway 6 South, Houston, TX 7707
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2810 Westheimer RoadHouston, TX 77077
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1620 FM 359 Road Richmond, TX 77406
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7991 Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77061