Getting Your Car Ready for Summer

June 12th, 2020 by

Summer is just around the corner! As excited as we are for the warmer weather we know there are a few things on your vehicle to look over. In this week’s blog, we will be looking at some tips and things you can do to make your vehicle summer ready!

 

Check Your Tires: Making sure your tires are in good condition is essential for the summer season. Shelor recommends having different sets of tires for the summer and winter seasons or making sure your tires are considered all-season tires. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, rotated, and show no serious damage. Don’t forget to check that your spare is in good condition as well.

 

Change Your Wiper Blades: Much like tires, wiper blades are made with different seasons in mindThey can be made up of different sets of materials that perform better based on certain conditions. You should be checking the condition of your wiper blades every six months regardless, but your blades have probably taken some serious winter damage at this point and will need to be replaced for maximum efficiency.

 

Check Your Brakes: Brakes usually see more wear during the colder seasons due to more stop-and-go traffic. Consider having your brakes inspected the next time you take your car to a shop.

 

Get A Car Wash: Chances are your car still has salt and chemicals on it from the winter months. This can lead to erosion of clear coat and paint on the exterior and start to wear on the undercarriage. Grab the family, jump in the car and head over to the Motor Mile Car Wash for one of our many wash packages for any level of grit or grime.

 

Check Your Fluid Levels: Typically, the different chemicals in your vehicle will react differently to the higher temperatures and levels of humidity that come with summer. Make sure all your vehicle’s chemicals are topped off and ready to go.

 

Test Your AC: Chances are you haven’t used your AC as much as you will be in the upcoming months. Now is a perfect time to test it out and make sure there are no weird sounds or issues. If you notice something that concerns you feel free to bring it by our Service Department. Our certified technicians will be happy to check it out for you!

 

Cooling System: One major cause for breakdowns during the summer season is the vehicle overheating. Checking your coolant system is one of the most important things you can do to prevent this. If you are checking this yourself, make sure that the engine is cool before you try to remove the radiator cap.

 

Battery Corrosion: Checking your battery for noticeable corrosion is incredibly important. During the hotter months, corrosion will build up at a faster rate and lead to your battery weakening much quicker. We recommend using baking soda and a new toothbrush to clean off any corrosion you see. Check your battery in a week or so to see if any more corrosion has built up. If there is, you might need to take your battery in to be replaced as there could be a serious leak in your battery.

Prepare a Just-In-Case-Kit: The last thing you want is to be stranded with a smoking engine and no food, water, or other emergency essentials.

 

Check Your Oil Level: Now is as good a time as ever to make sure your oil is topped off and that the oil filter is in good condition. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, our service department will be happy to take a look!

 

We hope this week’s blog has helped you prepare for some summer fun! If you have any questions, comments, or would like to share some of your own tips feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us at info@shelor.com

 

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