Look after your car this summer

Look after your car this summer

Well, with record high or near record high temperatures upon us, many people are just starting to remember the auto maintenance they were going to perform in the spring but forgot.  Hopefully you haven’t been left stranded on the side of the road in 90 degree temperatures.  Here are a few things you may want to take a look at before you’re left in a hot spot. 

Cooling system:  Have you checked your coolant level recently?  You don’t want to be left on the side of the road because your car overheats.  When you check the level, make sure you check it when the engine is cool. 

Check your oil level:   Check it while you can before the light comes on and you’re miles away from anywhere that sells motor oil.

Air Conditioning:  Is the air conditioning system properly charged?  You don’t want to go for a drive and find out that the air conditioning isn’t working.  Rolling the windows down sometimes just helps to swirl around the hot air.

Check the tire pressure:  When the air is hot, air expands.  This goes for the air in your tires as well.  Over-inflated tires may cause excessive tire wear or, worse yet, a blowout.  There’s nothing worse than having to change a tire on the side of the road in the high heat and humidity.

Inspect the belts:  Throwing a belt can seriously ruin your day.  Make sure the belts aren’t worn.  Listen for abnormal squeals and find out what’s causing the noise.

A few minutes looking after your car could save you money, not to mention time spent on the side of the road if something goes wrong.