After the coldest spring Northern Colorado has seen in decades, it’s finally starting to heat up outside. Are you giving your car the attention it needs to keep running smoothly this summer? Here are eight simple car care tips you can implement today to ensure a smooth, safe ride for the remainder of the season.
The purpose of engine oil is to keep everything lubricated, while the filter traps harmful dirt and debris that have made their way into the system. Summer is a great time to get an oil change because the rise in temperature increases demand on the engine. A new filter is better at capturing debris, and clean oil makes for a healthier engine.
A shift in the weather can cause fluid levels to change, including transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and coolant. This last one, in particular, is vital to check as summer heats up. Overheated engines are most common in the summer, and low coolant levels are often to blame.
Tires lose and gain a bit of pressure daily as the temperature changes, but it should never be enough to set off your low tire pressure indicator. If this happens, check the tire pressure right away. You might have a leaky tire if you find yourself continually needing to top off the air. Remember to check the tire pressure often this summer, especially while on a road trip, because under-inflated tires are more likely to blow at highway speeds.
While people often discuss the strain that cold weather puts on car batteries, hot weather is often just as taxing. In fact, according to Steve Fox, the Director of Automotive Services for AAA Oregon/Idaho:
“Summer heat accelerates the rate of fluid loss and resulting oxidation of battery components, which can leave you stranded without warning. Most people don’t realize that heat is the number one cause of battery failure and reduced battery life.”
A complimentary car battery test at Scott’s Fort Collins Auto can put your mind at ease, or signal that it’s time to replace your battery before it leaves you stranded.
A brake check is a routine part of any vehicle inspection. You should also make an appointment to have your brakes repaired if you notice a squishy pedal or eerie squealing sounds when you press on the brakes.
The wet and rainy spring we had here in Northern Colorado gave your windshield wipers a workout. If they’re starting to streak or chatter across the windshield, replace them. When you purchase windshield wipers at Scott’s Fort Collins Auto, we’ll install them for free!
You’re starting to use the air conditioner in your car a lot now, but if it’s not doing its job, there’s no need to suffer in the heat—the refrigerant may simply need to be recharged. If something else is wrong, you might need to repair the car AC, but the effort is worth it to ensure a comfortable commute.
Summer is a good time to detail the interior of your car. Your time on the road is much more pleasant if you’re not surrounded by fast food wrappers, discarded receipts, and other junk. It’s also worthwhile to keep the interior as cool as possible by parking under a tree or using a sun shade. Simply laying a towel on the dashboard can guard against the damaging effects of UV rays.
You can’t always guarantee your car will run smoothly, but these car care tips can help. For all your vehicle maintenance and repair needs, turn to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto. We have proudly served the Northern Colorado community since 1993 with quality services, genuine OEM parts, and great customer perks like free loaner cars for qualifying repairs.
For more car care tips, or to schedule services for your vehicle, please call us at (970) 682-4202 or contact us online. You can also drop by one of our Fort Collins or Loveland locations when it’s convenient for you.