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Summer Car Care Tips

Get your car ready for the Summer Heat!

Time to bring out the tank tops, shorts, and flip flops! Its summer time! You’re all ready for the summer but your car is not! We have gathered five tips for you on how to get your car summer ready!

Tip 1: Change your tires!

Tire pressure transitions about 1 lb per square inch for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit increase. It’s vital to check your tire pressure when the weather changes. You can find the information about your vehicle’s required tire pressure in your car’s owner manual, or research it online! Driving with under-inflated tires is very dangerous out on the road!

Tip 2: Check your car’s battery!

The last thing you need is to be stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery in the middle of summer! Have your battery inspected and tested if it is over three years old!

Tip 3: Change your oil!

Hotter temperatures require higher oil weight and viscosity. As most new cars run on the same oil viscosity, older models may need a little bit more tender and care to make up engine wear. Research what is best for your car and consider a thicker oil for the summer.

Tip 4: Check your car’s fluids and wiper blades!

Although your car radiator’s anti-freeze doesn’t require to be replaced every year, a lot of car professionals would suggest it. Bring your car to a mechanic to best tested. They will test the fluids using a coolant hydrometer and suggest what you should do. Wiper blades normally need maintenance every 6 months to a year with replacements. Due to sun damage, airborne debris such as sand, mud, and dust, and moisture, your wiper blades will deteriorate over a quick amount of time. Signs of wiper blade wear are streaking, skipping, the rubber squeegee splitting from the blade, and most obviously, the structure of the blade breaking due to the process of being warped. To maintain your wiper blades weekly is simple. Whenever you are at the gas station, use a squeegee to clean your windshield and clean off your wipers with a wet paper towel to remove any loose dirt or oil!

Tip 5: Change your air filters!

With summer comes devastating heat and rainy despair. To prevent rolled down windows during this hot and rainy season, change your cabin’s air filters!  Your cabin’s air filter is to prevent pollen and dust from being trapped in your car. You should change your car’s cabin air filter once a year or every 35,000 miles. Without a cabin air filter change, your motor will exhaust itself and you may need an expensive repair! Also, change your engine air filter! Your engine will not receive the proper amount of airflow it needs to function with a clogged and dirty air filter. The air mixes with the gas which causes the spark plug to give a spark. It is vital for your engine to “breathe”. Your car will overwork itself if the air filters are clogged and it will burn a lot more fuel just to sputter. Your engine air filter should be changed at 12,000 miles or every 12 months!

There you go, five tips on how to make your car summer ready! Now pack up the car with those boogie boards, sand buckets, and beach towels, its time to hit the beach for your summer vacation!

Need some help with these tips? Bring your vehicle to Brevard Value Motors on 192 in Melbourne. Our trained mechanics can give you a hand!

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