The worst of the winter weather is almost behind us! All over North Carolina people are already starting to dream of warmer weather. Even if the cold may linger around for a little while longer, summer and hotter temperatures aren’t all that far away. It takes some time for your body to adjust to the change. Your vehicle also may need a bit of extra help to maintain peak performance once the weather starts warming up. We’ve made a list of the top six auto maintenance tips for spring and summer. These are simple, inexpensive, and could very easily keep your car running like a champ for the coming spring and summer seasons.
- Inspect Your Air Conditioning System
You’ve surely been driving around all winter with your heater cranked up high. Luckily that time is almost over, which means that now is a good time to make sure that your air conditioning system is working properly. The best time to do check your air conditioner’s performance is before the worst of the summer heats sets in. You obviously don’t want to get caught in the sweltering summer heat without a fully functioning air conditioner. Therefore, it’s a good idea to turn your A/C on to full blast to ensure it gives out the proper amount of air flow. This way, if the system isn’t working as it should or something seems amiss, you’ll still have plenty of time to get it repaired or serviced before summer.
- Check Your Coolant And Cooling System
Summer and winter both present different challenges for your vehicle. While the cold winter weather causes motor oil to thicken, diminishes battery capacity and generally just makes it more difficult to get your vehicle to start, the hot summer temperatures can create their own unique problems. Overheating becomes an especially common issue in the hot Raleigh summers, which is why you need to have your cooling system checked now before the worst of the heat sets in. If it has been some time since you’ve had your coolant changed or your cooling system flushed, now is a good time to do so to ensure your vehicle won’t overheat this summer.
- Watch Out For Old Windshield Wipers
Winter weather often means snow and ice collecting on your windshield. Even if you attempt to scrape off as much as you can before setting off each morning, your windshield wipers will still end up taking a battering throughout the winter. No matter what you do, snow and ice will always build up on your windshield, and this can quickly wear your wipers down to almost nothing. For this reason, you should definitely consider replacing your wipers as soon as the last snow has fallen. This way, you can ensure that your wipers are in full working order before the spring rains set in.
- Make Sure Your Brakes Are Still In Good Shape
Obviously important you make sure your brakes are in working order before setting off on a summer road trip. Worn brake pads or other braking system issues can also make your daily commute much more hazardous. Therefore, it’s a good idea to try pumping your brakes hard a few times to check your braking capabilities. If you hear strange noises or the brakes feel different in any way it’s possible you could have a problem. It’s definitely time to have your braking system checked out by a professional mechanic. Common brake maintenance includes new brake pads or shoes, new rotors, or possibly a brake fluid change.
- Take A Look At Your Tires
It’s also important that your tires are in tip-top shape before you set off on any summer adventures. This means checking to make sure each tire still has sufficient tread to ensure good traction. As well, you’ll want to check the pressure to ensure your tires are properly inflated. Also, you should perform a visual inspection for signs of wear and tear or other noticeable damage.
- Examine Your Engine Air Filters
Your vehicle’s engine requires proper air flow to maintain peak levels of performance. Your engine’s air filters can quickly become clogged. This is a common occurrence during the spring because of all the extra dirt and pollen floating in the air. A clogged air filter can severely degrade your engine’s performance and lead to lower fuel efficiency among various other issues. Therefore, it’s important to have your air filters checked regularly and replaced when necessary. Doing so will aid your engine to continue to purr throughout the summer.