5 Summer Car Maintenance Tips

May 25, 2018

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If you’re like most people, you’ll probably be doing a lot of driving this summer.  To the beach, the lake house, the waterpark, even cross country.  No matter where you go, you’ll want to make sure your car is ready for the ride.

Because the summer time often brings extreme heat, your car can bear the brunt of it.  So here’s 5 car maintenance tips to help your car get you where you want to go this summer season.

1. Check Your Air Filter

During the winter time, salt and other debris can clog your air filter. Changing your air filter can even increase gas mileage by almost 10%!

2. Tire Pressure

Tire pressure changes as temperatures rise. If your tires are under-inflated, that puts more pressure on the tire wall, while over-inflated tires can cause less friction on the road, leading to potential hydroplaning on wet surfaces.

3. Belts and Hoses

It’s important to keep your engine cool! Cracked hoses or belts can cause the radiator to overheat very quickly.  This can leave you stranded on a hot and sticky day.

4. Check Your Coolant Level

Another way to make sure your engine stays cool is to monitor your coolant levels. Even though cars are meant to run hot, there’s always a limit.

5. Routine AC Maintenance

The main reason why air conditioners fail is due to a low level of refrigerant. Sometimes a leak in the system can cause this. Make sure to have it checked or plan on using the 4-50 AC system.  You know, 4 windows down, 50 miles per hour.

There you have it! 5 summer car maintenance tips to keep you going during the hot season.  Remember we’re always here when it comes to your auto insurance needs.

We hope you have a safe and happy summer.