9 Points to Consider in Summer Maintenance of Vehicles
Due to adverse road conditions in the winter, you need to do maintenance for your car before summer starts if you do not want to have any problems in the summer. In addition, the heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic in summer will affect your vehicle to a certain extent.
Below, you can find 9 points you need to do for maintenance before summer:
- The air conditioner, which does not cause problems under normal conditions, may not operate in hot weather. Have the system checked by a qualified technician. Because you will need this system a lot in summer.
- The cooling system, the main problem of summer travels is the overheating of the engine. The cooling system should be completely emptied, flushed, and refilled annually. Check the level, condition, and concentration of the coolant and add if it is missing. Check or have the tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses checked.
- Change the engine oil and oil filter at the specified intervals. You can learn from the vehicle's owner's manual or authorized services if you do not know.
- For engine performance, change the air and fuel filters at the specified times. If you are using your vehicle in dusty conditions, you will need to change it in shorter periods.
- Windshield wipers are also necessary for summer travels. You may also need to drive on rainy or muddy roads. Wipers that do not wipe well can impair your vision, causing eye strain and jeopardizing your safe driving. Replace your worn, hardened wipers.
- If your vehicle is fitted with winter tires, replace them with summer or all-season tires. Also, check your spare tire to make sure it is in excellent and ready condition. Don't forget the balance of the tires for a comfortable and safe journey.
- The braking system is designed to provide braking performance over an expansive driving range. Always check the brakes for noise and stopping distance.
- Batteries can fail at any time of the year. Before you go on a long journey, check/have your battery checked. What you can do is brush the terminals and cable ends with a wire brush, clean all surfaces, tighten connections. In batteries that require maintenance, you can check the liquid level in the battery and add distilled water if it is missing. The battery fluid is acidic. Make sure that it does not splash on your skin or you.
- Check the entire lighting system of your vehicle. Remove dirt and insect residues with a wet cloth.
To summarize; Tires are vital on long roads. Winter tires must be removed. In the framework of summer maintenance of cars used in winter conditions, it is essential to have all parts checked. Suspension and shock absorber malfunctions may occur due to the deformation of the roads in winter conditions and the frequent entry of cars into potholes. It may be necessary to carry out general maintenance of the axle and check the wheel balance adjustment. We want to remind you that brake maintenance cannot be neglected.
Pads need to be serviced and replaced if necessary, and all fluid levels in the vehicle are engine oil, radiator fluid/fluid, A/C fluid, brake fluid, clutch fluid, steering gear oil, gear, and differential oils—must be checked. Cleaning the spark plugs, checking the battery, maintaining the air filter, pollen filter, gasoline filter, the degree of activation of the electric fan and belts should be checked. Control of wiper blades, air conditioning, ventilation system maintenance and headlight bulbs should be checked. If the circulation pump and its hoses are old, they should be replaced, and the clamps should be renewed.
The best maintenance guide is the opinions, recommendations, and warnings in your vehicle's owner's manual. The explanations here contain general, not specific, descriptions for cars.
For emergencies, carry a small repair kit, first aid kit, torch, spare bulb, and flashlight in your vehicle, and if possible, a mobile phone and a battery-powered radio. Also, make sure the jack is in good condition.
We wish you to use your vehicle away from accidents and without compromising traffic safety.