Summer Car Maintenance Checklist
Yesterday was the first official day of summer, so if your car is not ready for summer it is the perfect time to take care of any maintenance you have not had done. Routine car maintenance is always important, but with the change of seasons it is especially important now. Here at Matt Castrucci Mazda, we have created a summer car maintenance checklist with everything you should take care of so your car is in tip-top shape for summer. Continue reading to learn about the most important vehicle maintenance for summer.
- Get an oil change — Oil is essential to keep your engine running smoothly and you should have regular oil changes performed all year round. With high temperatures, summer is an especially important time to have this service done to prevent overheating due to a clogged or unlubricated engine.
- Tire maintenance — Spring and winter can cause excessive wear on tires. You will want to make sure you have your tires rotated to prevent the front tires from wearing out before the back tires, and vice versa. You will also want to check the tread and the pressure, since low tread is a sign of weak tires and low tire pressure makes tires weaker. Always keep tires filled to the appropriate pressure and replace tires if the tread is below the necessary level.
- Have your belts and hoses inspected — You can have a professional mechanic at a service center check your tires and hoses or you can do this on your own. Keep an eye out for cracks, leaks or any other signs of wear. Changes in temperature can often make worn hoses and belts worse. If you catch these issues ahead of time you can get them taken care of before they create bigger issues.
- Check your coolant– Your cooling system is essential, especially in the summertime when the weather is hot. Make sure you get your cooling system flushed regularly, usually once a years, to remove debris and any old coolant that may break down and cause bigger issues. You also will want to make sure your car always has enough coolant during extra hot days to avoid overheating. Top off the coolant as needed and carry extra with you just in case.
- Check Your headlights — Drastic weather, like the snow and cold of winter, may mean that your headlights had some extra wear. Check to make sure they are clear, so you can get the best light from them, and make sure that all lights are working properly. If needed replace any burnt out bulbs and get dirty headlights defogged.
- Check your A/C — Check and make sure your air conditioning is functioning properly. It should be blowing at the correct speed and the air should be cold. If it seems that something may be wrong, have a mechanic check it out. Catching issues early on are often much easier fixes than an entire system overhaul.
- Check your battery — Winter can cause much more wear on your battery more than you think. Have the battery tested to make sure it is still in good condition. If you catch the issue ahead of time you can replace the battery before it completely goes out.
- Dewinterize — If you had snow tires, you will want to go back to all-season tires now that it is finally summer. Winter may have also caused some wear on your wipers, so if they look like they are in bad shape, replace them. That way when it inevitably rains this summer, your car will be all ready to handle it.
We hope this summer car maintenance checklist helps you get your car ready for the rest of summer. Do you need help with your car’s summer maintenance? Make an appointment at our Dayton, OH service center. If you would like more helpful tips or more information about vehicle maintenance, continue reading the Matt Castrucci Mazda blog.