Inspect your windshield wipers. The chilly temperatures of winter can cause the rubber blades to lose their effectiveness. If you need new blades, you might opt for blades optimized for summer conditions. When you buy windshield wipers from Advance Auto Parts, we’ll install them for free.
Check the condition and level of your oil. If it’s been over 3,000 miles since your last oil change, it’s probably best just to do an oil and lube. The searing heat caused by summer driving is unkind to motor oils. If you live in a mild climate or will be towing a trailer, a higher viscosity oil might be necessary.
Evaluate your battery. Did you know that summer can actually be tougher on your battery than winter? Bring your battery in to one of our auto parts stores. We’ll inspect it for free, and install a new one for no charge.
See if your engine needs more coolant, and check its condition, too. You may need to add coolant or have a flush-and-fill performed. Trying to make it through summer with inadequate coolant is a recipe for a vehicle breakdown.
Speaking of keeping cool, test your air conditioning system. If it’s not providing enough cool air, you may need more refrigerant. Or, you might have a clogged condenser, leak, or loose drive belt. Regardless, it’s smart to fix this situation in spring before the peak heat of summer arrives.
Check your tire pressure. Wide temperature variations are common with changes of season and can cause your tires to lose pressure more quickly. Under-inflated tires don’t perform as well as properly inflated tires. Also, be sure to rotate your tires according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Monitor the tread on your tires. If they look worn, replace your tires before the heavy rains and reduced traction of summer comes along.
Determine if you need to replace any belts or hoses. Look for cracks, swelling, fraying or leakage. If something looks borderline, you should replace the belt or hose because summer’s heat and humidity will likely cause it to fail. When you stop by one of our auto parts stores, we can take a quick look at your belts and hoses, and recommend replacements as necessary.