Summer is here and the weather is heating up. Planning a road trip this summer? Even if you plan to stay in the Tulsa area this summer, your car will need some extra attention. Time for Summer Automotive Maintenance. You may not realize it but the warmer months can be just as harsh on your vehicle as winter snow and ice. So, keep on top of your summer car maintenance with this convenient checklist and if you have any questions contact our service department at Overdrive Automotive Center.
Automotive Checklist for the Summer Months
Every season brings different challenges for your vehicle and a unique set of maintenance needs. Make summer easier on your car with Summer Automotive Maintenance and get a thorough inspection well before your 4th of July celebrations.
- Check your oil. You should always keep up with oil changes, but it is even more important to do so in the summer months. Oil keeps your engine lubricated and reduces friction and heat buildup. Your engine is more likely to overheat in the summer anyway, so reduce the potential risk by making sure there is always enough oil to keep things moving.
- Check your tires. Hot temperatures can threaten your tires in two ways. First, if your tires are not properly inflated, the combination of heat and low pressure can cause them to blow. And if your tires have limited tread or are otherwise damaged, friction from hot roads can make them wear even faster.
- Check your other fluids. Heat causes liquid to evaporate, so all of your automotive fluids are at risk in the summer. Have everything topped off at the beginning of the season. Then keep an eye on the various liquid levels in your car throughout June, July, and August.
- Check the radiator. If your vehicle has gone through a rough winter, salt from the roads may have eaten away at your radiator’s core. This can lead to leakage and an overheated engine in the summer. Get your mechanic to check for clocks too. A clogged radiator makes it harder for coolant to pass through and flush your cooling system.
- Check the battery. Summer heat can cause the fluid in your battery to evaporate, and this could lead to corrosion. Also, it is good practice to periodically check the life left in your battery all year round. Realizing that you have a dead battery is no fun in any season.
- Check the AC. It is a good idea to make sure that your car’s air conditioning works well before you actually need it. And if you find that it is faulty, don’t try to save money by going without AC. The belt that powers your air conditioner may also be powering other parts of your engine, so having a weak AC system could cause your engine to overheat.
In addition to having certain parts of your car checked at the mechanic’s, you will also want to wash and wax your vehicle. Dirt and dust kicked up from summer driving can damage a car’s paint and lead to rust. A coat of wax will help to protect your vehicle’s protective paint layer from the sun.
Financing to Get You Back on the Road
If you decide that it is time to replace your current automobile with a newer, more reliable model this summer, Overdrive Automotive Center can help you get the financing you need. Even if you have bad or no credit, we can get you approved for an affordable auto loan.
Just fill out our fast and secure auto loan application to get started today.