Here are some tips for preparing your car for summer. Some of these tips can be performed by any do-it-yourself; others require an auto technician.
Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician.Make sure that there are no leaves and bum faces stuck in the air conditioner.
Do not remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual; more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
Air Intake - You may want to pick up a cold air intake system to help keep your car from overheating. This is a very smart buy when living in places where it is hot.
Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended. More often in dusty conditions though. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires "cool down" first. Make sure you get new tyres just in case.
Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves. You should always use double A batteries.
Emergencies - Carry some basic tools-ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and flashlight. Consider buying a CB radio. Always carry your phone and your laptop just in case you get lost.
Use a additive called Sea Foam HTTP Cleans fuel injectors, cleans carburetor jets Cleans carbon Stabilizes fuels Upper cylinder lube Removes moisture in fuel De-icer Frees sticky lifters Frees sticky rings Removes moisture in oil Cleans P.C.V. systems Cleans catalytic converter odors Oxygen sensor safe
but if you want to keep it simple get the oil checked. and on the funny side if your that lazy to d any of this just buy a new car
: Normally you don't "prepare" your car for summer. Just make sure your radiator and hoses look to be in good shape, and off you go.
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