You might be ready for the hot summer months, but can you say the same thing about your car? The heat can be tough on your vehicle, so you need to take precautions to help prevent breakdowns and car problems when you’re on the road. Your Sunshine Coast car service professionals share with you some of the most important car care tips that you must do for the hot summer months.
Check your battery
Although batteries are more likely to fail in cold weather because of the greater work they’re required to perform, the heat can be just as stressful to them. For instance, battery fluid can evaporate and accelerate corrosion on the terminals, even potentially damage the plates.
Keep the engine cool
Try to remember when you last replaced your coolant. If it’s been a year or more, it’s time for you to replace it. During summer, the engine’s cooling system will need to do double the work to prevent the engine from overheating. If your coolant has become contaminated and lost its effectiveness, you increase the risk of an overheated engine when you go traveling this summer.
Check your tyres for damage
Tyres must be checked all year round. Make sure the pressure is as recommended. Treads should be free of debris such as stones, nails, and the like. Check for cracks, uneven wear, and peeling, and replace any tire with extensive damage. It’s a good idea to bring along a flat tire sealing product in case of emergencies.
Check the AC for leaks
Your car’s air conditioner is going to play a huge role in your comfort this summer, so it’s imperative that it’s in good operating condition. If the AC system doesn’t cool the car interior like it used to, you may have a leak. Have a qualified Sunshine Coast car service technician check the system for leaks and recharged.
If you plan to take a lengthy road trip or vacation, don’t leave anything up to chance. Make sure your car is up to the task by taking it to a Sunshine Coast BMW service centre such as SVS Auto Care that can ensure the good working order of all the systems for a comfortable and problem-free drive.
SUMMER CAR CARE TIPS, PracticalMotoring.com.au
Tips for Summer Car Care, CarandDriver.com