But is there something you should do to protect your car in the summer? Believe it or not, the heat takes its toll on your car, too, so it's important to keep your car serviced.
Periodic maintenance on your car will save you tremendous hassle in the long run. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too! I made sure to follow the schedule of maintenance suggested by the manufacturer, and when I traded my car in, I made more than expected because the engine was in such good condition.
It might not be something you read for pleasure, but you should definitely read the owner's manual. At least take a look-through periodically. How about while you're waiting to get your oil changed?
Follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedules. This could save you a major breakdown.
Have the air conditioning system looked over by a qualified technician. If you check things occasionally, you might be able to avoid a huge repair later on.
Overheating is one of the main problems you can run into during the summer. Flushing and refilling the cooling system regularly can prevent problem with overheating.
Belts, hoses and clamps should also be regularly checked by a mechanic. This only takes a few minutes and is usually inexpensive.
Change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or four times a year.
Replace air and fuel filters as recommended.
Get plenty of windshield washer solvent - we have a tendency to use a lot of this in the winter, so your fluids may be low.
Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles or so.
Take the time to make sure the spare tire is inflated as it should. Also, make sure you have a jack along with it!
Transmission troubles equal money troubles equal emotional troubles! You can keep that type of stress at bay by regularly servicing your transmission.
If you notice that your brakes are less efficient, get them checked out right away.
Have your battery checked periodically to see how much life it has left!
Check all your lights and bulbs to make sure they are in good working order.
Carry a first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a cell phone.
So here you go - now you have a list to help you keep your car in good shape. Remember, your car needs to be maintained and checked over even in the summer.
Just a few minutes of care each month can ensure that your car has a long, productive life.