The Summer Car Service
Summer is on its way and while we all look forward to this time of year, it can also be essential to get some maintenance on your car done at this time, and make sure it is prepared for the tougher winter months which can take their toll. Read on to find more about the summer car service.
The winter can have a negative effect on both tyres and wheel alignment. Winter weather produces hazards such as potholes, which can lead to tyres becoming misaligned and worn. It is a good idea to check tyre alignment and replace tyres to improve on fuel efficiency and stay safe.
You are more likely to get a flat tyre during hot summer weather as the temperature of the PSI levels inside the tyres can be affected by the outside temperature. The sun can also cause cracks in tyres. It is essential for this reason to invest in a summer time service.
In addition to the issue of tyres, hot weather can have an impact on the body of your car too, with rust a common problem. A car service can examine to ensure there are no areas of your cars paintwork which will allow for rust, and they can also check your cars air conditioning system to ensure you are comfortable driving around in hot weather. For those hay fever sufferers, a car service can include the addition of a replacement air pollen filter which can be crucial to help with this condition.
To save money by not needing to run your air conditioner so often, you could opt during your summer service to tint the windows which can keep the inside of the car cooler. Remember to stay within legal requirements though and not black out windows altogether.
Other potential problems your car may encounter during summer include cracked hoses, leaky radiators, an overheating engine due to lack of oil etc, which can all lead to a full on break down – something we all try to avoid at all costs.
Your car service, if you choose, can change over your tyres for all season tyres, rather than heavy snow tyres which you may have opted for during winter. If your car was in storage during the winter, your fluid levels among other items such as steering, brake fluid, and coolant will all need to be checked before you are safe to drive. All of this can be covered during a summer car service. It is a good idea to replace the oil even if you’re not low on oil, as during winter it can get thick and collect condensation, if the car is sitting unused.
Although the main items to check have been listed here, it is best to put your car in the capable hands of a mechanic, who knows the problems to look out for an can efficiently deal with any issues that arise during your cars summer service. When the sun arrives, a car service will probably be last on your list of things to do, but by putting this time and effort in at this time of year you can save yourself the hassle of car problems at a later date.