Car Maintenance Checklist For Summer

In the U.S., the summer season is typically associated with road trips. Unfortunately, summer also brings with it flurries of dirt and dust as well as elevated temperatures. This can make the sun-drenched road trips not only challenging but also take a toll on a vehicle. For this reason, you should ensure your car is in the best condition to handle summer driving. To help you achieve that goal, here is a quick car maintenance checklist for summer.

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Tip #1 – Windshield Repair

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A damaged windshield threatens your safety, the safety of other motorists, as well the safety pedestrians. For instance, a cracked windshield is a potential cause of distracted driving, which could lead to a fatal car accident. Moreover, any damage to your windshield, such as chips and cracks, will likely affect the overall structural integrity of your car, increasing the risk of a serious injury, especially in a rollover accident. Considering all the dangers of a damaged windshield, you should ensure your windshield is in pristine condition before the start of the summer season. Specifically, if your windshield has any sort of damage, you should get a qualified and reputable windshield repair technician to examine it and carry out the necessary repairs.

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Tip #2 – Oil And Oil Filters

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To find out how frequently your car needs an oil change, you should refer to your car owner’s manual. This is important because the recommended interval tends to vary from one vehicle manufacturer to another depending on factors such as a car’s age.

However, because the elevated summer temperature will cause your oil to disintegrate faster, you should get an oil change at the start of summer. Of course, as oil disintegrates, it becomes less effective as a lubricant. For this reason, you should switch to a thicker type of oil, such as 10W30, to compensate for the accelerated thermal breakdown of the oil. While performing an oil change, also examine your oil filter and replace it if necessary. However, it is always best to consult with a professional before switching its oil type or performing an oil change.


Tip #3 –  Car Fluid Levels

For your car to run smoothly and safety, it requires a variety of fluids, including coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, washer fluid, and power steering fluid. Unfortunately, seasonal changes can cause your fluid levels to fall below the recommended levels. For this reason, you should check your fluid levels to ensure they are at the recommended levels. At the same time, if your last coolant change was a while back, use the opportunity to perform a coolant flush. Remember, your coolant fluid will play a big role in preventing your car from overheating during the hot summer months. At this point, it is worth noting that the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence ranks overheating among the top causes of summer breakdowns.

Tip #4 – Air Conditioning

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Before summer arrives, ensure your car’s air conditioning system is recharged and functioning properly. This is particularly important because driving in the hot summer weather may not only be uncomfortable, but also potentially life-threatening. Specifically, summer heatwaves can potentially cause heat strokes as well as other fatal health conditions.

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Tip #5 – Car Tires

To minimize the risk of a blowout, which could be potentially fatal, ensure your tires are in excellent condition for summer driving. In particular, ensure your tires are in pristine condition. Of course, this includes the tread, too. At the same time, to avoid uneven wear and tear and improve your driving experience, get a wheel alignment. While at it, perform a tire rotation, if necessary.



If you intend to use your vehicle regularly during the summer, you should ensure your vehicle is in the right condition for summer driving. To do that, use this car maintenance checklist for summer.

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