5 Summer Car Care Tips

5 Summer Car Care Tips

The summer heat can do a number on your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to have it regularly checked and maintained during this time of year. For optimal performance, follow our 5 summer car care tips below that will keep your vehicle running all season long. 

Check Your Tire Pressure Frequently

In the summer, your tires can gain 1 PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10 degree increase in temperature. When the tires become overinflated, less of the surface area comes in contact with the road. This can greatly impact the handling and braking potential of the vehicle. The tire can also become more rigid, making it more prone to damage if you come in contact with a pothole or other hazard. To ensure your tires are properly inflated, take it to a gas station or your dealership and have it tested and filled. The recommended pressure is 35 PSI, but cars can differ, so be sure to check your manual before pumping.

Check Your Fluid Levels Periodically

In many cases, the engine fluids work as coolants for many of the vehicle’s components. And when these fluid levels drop below their appropriate levels, your vehicle can overheat and malfunction. To ensure your vehicle is always operating at its best in the summer, periodically check all the fluid levels including the brake fluid, transmission fluid, motor oil, and power steering. If any are low, top them up before you head out on the road. 

Have Your Battery Tested

High temperatures can have negative effects on your battery. The heat can cause a faster evaporation rate of the battery fluid, leading to serious issues. To prevent battery failure in the summer, have your battery tested by a technician and remember to take breaks when out on the road for long periods of time. 

Flush Your Cooling System

Cooling systems should also be periodically flushed to help keep your engine cool. The coolant works to absorb the heat from the engine and stop the water in the engine from boiling. Coolant flushes also remove rust and scale deposits that build up over time and can damage your entire system. 

Have Your AC Inspected

With temperatures predicted to rise above 30 degrees this summer, it’s wise to have your AC inspected and your filter replaced. That way you’ll always have maximum airflow and cooling throughout the summer. 

Does your Honda vehicle need a summer service? Visit us at Barrhaven Honda today and we’ll make sure everything is running as it should be.