Tips for Preparing Your Car for Summer

As warm and sunny days are beginning to outnumber the dark and dreary ones, it’s safe to say that summer is almost here. But just as the harsh weather of winter puts a strain on your car, so do the long, hot days of summer. So, now is the perfect time to perform some annual maintenance tasks that will keep your car running well all summer long.

Check Your AC System

It won’t be long before your comfort will depend heavily on your car’s air conditioning system. In order to catch a problem before the summer heat kicks in, run your AC system for a little while to see if it sill blows cold air. Also, pay attention to any strange noises or odors, as they can indicate that the system needs service.

Check the Engine Coolant

Your engine needs coolant whether the outside temperature is subzero or scorching hot, but it consumes more coolant as the temperatures begin to warm. For that reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that your coolant level meets the recommendation of your car’s manufacturer.

Check the Battery

It’s always a good idea to periodically check your car’s battery for signs of corrosion. Although it can be seen on a well functioning battery, corrosion can indicate a more serious issue. When you see corrosion on your battery, clean it off with some baking soda and a toothbrush. Then, check the battery a few weeks later for any additional corrosion. If the corrosion is back, then it’s most likely time to purchase a new battery.

Performing these easy tasks can help your car run well all summer long, but scheduling an inspection with a mechanic is the best thing you can do to ensure that your car is running as well as it should. While you can spot certain problems of your own, the trained eye of a skilled professional can spot signs of serious failure and take appropriate action before the problem becomes too costly. If you’re ready to prepare your car for the summer ahead, place your trust in AA Muffler & Brakes. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!