Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Heat

With the hot summer months still ahead of us, it’s a good time to take a few minutes to make sure your car is in proper condition to safely endure the hot temperatures.   The most important mechanism for cooling down your car’s engine is the radiator.  Make sure the fluid levels are sufficient, and check back frequently throughout the hot months, as more fluid is used during this time to keep the engine cool.

Also, check that your air conditioning system is working properly.   The most noticeable sign of an A/C problem is if no cold air blows through the system, implying a low level of refrigerant, or a more serious issue with the system.  If you notice leaking from under the front of the car in addition to the A/C not blowing cold air as expected, this could be a sign that the refrigerant is leaking.

Your vehicle’s tires get a lot more wear in the summer, so make sure they have the correct about of tire pressure to avoid more unnecessary wear.  Tires can lose about 1 psi each month, so be sure to check back regularly to ensure the inflation level is where it should be.  The proper level for your vehicle can usually be found on a sticker on the inner driver-side door.  Don’t forget about your spare tire!  Ensure your spare is safe and ready to use in case of an emergency, this may mean it could use some more air, too.

While we don’t want to think about emergencies, especially during the fun summer months while driving to the pool, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit prepared.  For the summer especially, include bottled water, small battery-operated fans, and sunscreen in your kit.