Most northerners are familiar with the pattern of winter car maintenance and follow the steps of “winterizing” their car for the season. But fewer are aware of summer maintenance – simple steps that car owners can take to ensure that their vehicles are adequately prepared for the hot summer months:
Check your tires – tires expand and contract in response to temperature changes, so make sure they’re properly inflated to prevent blowouts or poor traction.
Replace your windshield wipers – winters can be tough on windshield wipers, so make certain that your wipers are in good shape for sudden summer storms.
Check the coolant and radiator – low coolant levels or a busted fan belt are the most common reasons for overheated cars, so keep an eye on your coolant levels and flush the radiator every 2 years.
These tips will help summer-proof your vehicle no matter how high the thermometer gets.
Prefer to be extra-extra-prepared? Check out this guide for winterizing your car when it’s that time again.