Summer is finally here! We hope you are enjoying the warm weather and long road trips, but we’re here to make sure your car stays in good shape throughout the season!
As you make your summer plans, keep in mind to:
Prevent your car from overheating
We all know it’s important to drink lots of water during the summer, well hydration is just as important for your car! When checking under the hood, keep in mind:
- Flush and refill your car’s cooling system
- For every 100,000 miles you drive, check the hoses, drive belts and clamps conditions.
- Check the antifreeze (coolant) level. It should be a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. This could turn into very expensive very quickly if you ignore it for too long.
- Check your AC, brakes and battery.
- We recommend going to a technician for professional test – some of them even offer the service for free.
- Use a sunshade/window visor
- This old-school hack will make sure you keep your car cool throughout the summer!
- Turn on your heater if your car is overheating!
- This might seem counterintuitive but turning on your heater creates airflow through the engine, allowing it to cool off. This is an emergency solution to get you to the nearest repair shop!
- Check the oil and oil filter frequently.
Check for exterior replacements
Avoid huge expenses by doing simple checks on your vehicle:
- Check tire pressure and wear:
- Tires take a lot of wear and tear during the summer, it’s important you don’t risk a tire blowout on the road.
- Tires can be expensive, make sure you have at least 35psi before hitting the highway.
- Find a free or very cheap tire gauges at gas stations
- Check the wear bar on the rubber of your tires by doing a coin test
- Replace windshield wipers every 6 months
- Saver tip: buy them online or in low-cost retail shops, they are much cheaper than in your repair shops.
- Replace the blades yourself
Clean your car’s interior
- Summer time can be full of surprises, use a shop-vac or vacuum at a car wash to ensure there isn’t old food hiding under the seats.
- Prevent cracks and splits on your car’s leather with leather conditioner
- Compile an auto emergency kit
- Don’t get stranded on the road! When travelling, always pack:
- First aid kit
- Flashlight (with batteries)
- Tire pressure gauge
- Warning triangles and flares
- Jumper cables
- Map (your battery will run out faster than you imagine)
- Portable air compressor
Get the right coverage
- Recheck your insurance plan! You don’t want to be surprised if your deductible is incredibly high.
- Consider adding more coverage – like collision – or lowering your deductible.