With the summer heat, your tyres can be extremely vulnerable to wear and tear. You should regularly check that they are inflated to the correct air levels for any increased vehicle loads. Also make sure that you check your spare tyre to make sure that it is in good condition and is at the correct pressure, so that it is ready to go should you need it. For best results also consider rotating your tyres on a regular basis.
- Keeping your engine cool
For your engine to run smoothly, it is essential to maintain the cooling system so that it runs at the optimal temperature. During the hot summer months, the cooling system will have to work double-time to perform its job efficiently and to prevent the engine from overheating. The coolants within the cooling system keep everything cool and over time, they can become contaminated and the additives can lose their effectiveness. To ensure this does not happen to your vehicle, try flushing your cooling system and replacing the coolant with fresh fluid ever so often. Note to use a coolant that is recommended by the manufacturer for the best results.
- Check engine belts and hoses for wear
A good place to start looking is where the hoses are connected as well as areas that are clamped as they are more vulnerable to damage. Look for visible leaks and squeeze the hoses to make sure they are firm and pliable. Before inspecting the engine belts and hoses, please ensure that your car is off and the engine is cool.
- Top up change fluids
Vehicles can heat up extremely quickly during summer if the cool components are not going their part. This tends to happen when fluid levels are low. Make sure to check all the fluid levels, including the engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid.
Refer to your car manual to check how often brakes need to be inspected. Indicators of brakes not working efficiently are any unusual noises, longer stopping distances, pulsations or grabbing. Minor brake problems should be rectified as soon as possible for not only safety reasons, but also to prevent them turning into costly repairs.
Make sure all the bulbs are functioning by inspecting all lights and bulbs and replacing any that have burnt out. Don’t forget to clean the dirt and insects from all lenses. When cleaning refrain from using a dry cloth to avoid scratching and avoid cleaners that may damage the lenses.
When you windshield is dirty, it is not only safety hazard but it can also cause eye fatigue which can affect your performance on the road. Replace your worn out blades and use plenty of windshield washer solvent to stop this from happening. Make sure that you only use recommended glass cleaners to prevent any oily residuals on your windscreen.
- Check your battery
Any battery that is 3 years or older should be checked carefully. just as the colder months are hard on your car battery, so are the scorching summer months as they can cause battery fluid to evaporate. This can not only cause damage to the battery but may also accelerate corrosion.
- Preparing for emergency
Even if you do everything right and keep your car and engine in top-notch condition, thingsd can still go wrong. To avoid being stranded by the road waiting for assistance, keep some boot space for the following items –
- screwdrivers and wrenches of different sizes
- jumper leads
- quick fix tyre sealant (helps with temporary sealing of a flat tyre to get you to the nearest garage)
- jack and tyre iron
- blanket and towels
- water (both for you and your radiator)
- emergency reflectors and if going off the beaten track, flares and emergency communication devices
Consider these basic summer car care tips to make sure that you don’t spend your valuable holiday time stranded on the side of the road.