The spring and summer driving season is here, and the rising temperatures affect more than just the mercury in thermometers. Your car feels the effects of warmer weather almost as much as you do.
To keep it running comfortably in the heat of spring and summer driving, there are several parts of your car you should check on and keep maintained.
Engines create a lot of heat. Without the coolant system, they can overheat even in winter; the higher temperatures of spring and summer simply exacerbate the problem and reduce the margin for error. To make sure your car’s ready for spring and summer driving, check the coolant levels, as well as the upper and lower radiator hoses and the belt that drives the water pump and/or radiator fan. You want to fix any leaks and replace any worn parts before they break and leave you stranded.
Check to see if there’s a recommended summer grade of oil for your engine and climate. Also check the transmission oil, brake fluid and power steering oil levels. Note that an overheated engine can scorch transmission oil, requiring it to be changed or flushed.
Increased temperatures also increase tire pressure, and overinflated tires can reduce traction and ride comfort. Under-inflated tires are more dangerous, though; the flexing rubber heats up with each revolution, making spring and summer driving the top times for blowouts. So, check the tire pressure, balance and tread before any warm weather road trips.
Since it goes largely unused during the winter, it’s a good idea to have your A/C system checked by a mechanic at some point during the spring. It would also be a good time to check the cabin air filter, and replace it if it’s getting dirty or clogged.
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