Summer Car Care Checklist

Summer is here in Ortonville, MI and with it comes longer days, some humidity, and definitely extra heat. All of this impacts how your car runs. So to prepare for this change of season, here are a few items you want to get on top of as soon as possible:

Oil

You have heard it a hundred times, but this is still the best advice to keep your car on the road. Make sure you change the oil as specified in your owner’s manual—about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. It is also a great idea to perform an oil change at the beginning of every summer. Why? Because the heat causes thermal breakdown and makes oil a less reliable lubricant. So get ahead of these issues with an early oil change.

Coolant

Antifreeze is important in the winter, and vital in the summer. Because of the heat, this important fluid must work triple time. Over time the coolant degrades, just like oil. And because it lubricates the water pump and guards against corrosion, you want to flush your coolant every couple of years. So if you can’t remember the last time you changed the coolant--now is a great opportunity. The last thing you need is your car overheating on a summer road trip.

Fluids

Oil and coolant are the top two, but your other fluids are also important. Be sure to check brake fluid, power steering, and even washer fluid. All of these aid in the functionality of your vehicle and can help keep you safe on the road.

Brakes

Speaking of brake fluid, stopping is just as important as keeping your car moving this summer. If your brakes feel spongey, make a lot of noise, or don’t perform as they should, you will want to schedule a brake check. It goes without saying, but faulty brakes could be disastrous any time of year.

Car Battery

Heat can do a number on your car battery as well. A dead battery makes you a stranded driver. So before the major heat of summer arrives, check the age of your battery and have it tested by a technician.

Tires

These are the only part of your car making contact with the road. You can imagine the amount of friction they have to endure. So make sure your tires are not too worn by testing the tread. Otherwise the risk of a blowout on the hot asphalt will be high.

Air Conditioning

You have probably noticed, but air conditioning has the tendency to quit at the worst possible time. So before things heat up, you should get your A/C system checked. Technicians can run diagnostics, test for leaks, and give your system a boost so it is ready to work for the summer.

Wipers

Your wipers had to do a lot of work in the winter, but the job isn’t over. You will still want visibility on the road during those summer storms. So check your wiper blades for function and damage. Replace the inserts where necessary.

Taking care of this checklist will go a long way towards keeping you safe on the road in Ortonville, MI auto service this summer. To get all these routine checks taken care of, call Holly Tire. You can reach us or schedule an appointment by stopping by 15140 N Holly Rd Holly, MI 48442.

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