With the gorgeous summer weather we experience in Ontario, you may think your car doesn’t require any maintenance. That’s actually not the case and we’ve shared tips to ensure your vehicle is ready for the heat!
Hot weather can actually impact many parts of your vehicle including the tires, battery, air conditioner, and engine. We’ve outlined our top tips to keep your car in the best shape throughout the summer.
If you have a separate summer car, make sure you check out, Four Quick Tips For Getting Your Summer Car Ready.
Five Essential Summer Car Care Tips
Tip 1 | Rotate tires
At every change of season, your tires should be inspected for uneven ware. The front and back tires perform different amounts of work and will often be unevenly worn. If you regularly rotate your tires this will help them last longer.
Tips 2 | Check wiper blades
Throughout the winter your blades have been hit with a lot of terrible weather conditions that takes a toll on them. Make sure to check to ensure they are in good shape for the summer. This will help decrease your chance of getting scratches and cracks in your windshield.
Tip 3 | Change fluids
We all know that we have to get our oil changed but there are other important fluids to keep on top of in order to keep your car in good shape. Your auto transmission and brake fluid should be changed every 50,000 to 100,000 kilometres. If there are any fluids that are cloudy or look dirty, they should be changed as well! Another important fluid that is often overlooked is your coolant. Especially in the hot weather, your vehicle can overheat and cause fires or breakdowns.
Tip 4 | Check brakes
This is an extremely important tip! Brake pads can be thinned out over time so you should routinely check these and replace any that are very thin. A thin brake pad can cause underperformance which puts you and other drivers at risk.
Tip 5 | Adjust your driving habits
Summer isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There are dangers that come with this beautiful season just like winter. Some things to keep in mind when heading out for a drive are possible weather conditions like heavy rain and windstorms. Wildlife is also spotted more often in the summer, so you need to keep an eye out for this to keep you safe and your car in good shape. Not to mention, make sure you avoid any bad driving habits!