7 Warmer Weather Tips for Optimum Vehicle Performance
With winter coming to an end, it’s time to get your car or truck ready for the warmer days of spring and summer. Here are some issues you should address to keep your vehicle in tiptop condition when the temperatures begin to rise.
- Air Conditioning
You probably haven’t turned on your air conditioner in the past four or five months or longer, so it’s a good idea to let an expert mechanic tune up your system. If you hear strange noises or smell unusual odors when you crank up the AC, you might have a problem that needs to be fixed right away. Summer is no time to be without a reliable air conditioner in your car.
Winter can be hard on batteries, so now is probably a good time to have yours tested, especially if it’s more than three years old. Whether you’re planning a road trip or just driving to and from work, you need to be able to depend on your battery to get you where you want to go.
Winter and summer can both be tough on tires because fluctuating temperatures affect their air pressure. If they aren’t inflated properly, the tread will wear unevenly, and you’ll be buying new tires more often than you need to. A reliable pressure gauge would be a good investment at less than 10 bucks.
- Belts, hoses and fluids
Extreme temperatures can damage your belts and hoses, so pop the hood and take a careful look at them – or pay a visit to a trusted mechanic. You also should make sure your coolant is still doing its job, and it wouldn’t hurt to check on your brake and transmission fluid as well. You should also check your owner’s manual to see how often to have your oil changed. Motor oil doesn’t last forever.
A clogged and dirty air filter will reduce your gas mileage significantly, and it’s also important to change your cabin filter regularly – it’s the last line of defense between you and the pollen and other impurities that fill the air in the spring.
- Wiper blades
Cold temperatures, snow and ice can be hard on wiper blades, so you might need to replace them so they can do their job efficiently when it rains in the spring and summer.
- Wash and Wax
Dirt – and, in some cases, sand, salt and chemicals used to melt ice and snow – can build up on your car or truck during the winter months. This can cause premature rusting and ruin your paint job. A good washing and waxing will get your vehicle ready for spring. This is also an excellent time to clean the inside of your car or truck as well.
Is your car or truck ready to transition from cold temperatures to warmer weather? If you’re not prepared for the summer months, you might need the services of Pop-A-Lock Corpus Christi. To learn more about how they are available when you need help, visit PopALockCorpusChristi.com or call 361-851-6736 any time of the day or night.
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