Driving in the summer heat can be difficult on your car, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve rounded up a few easy car care tips that will ensure your vehicle stays cool and comfortable, no matter how hot it gets outside.
Engine coolant, sometimes known as antifreeze, is one vital item that’ll help keep your engine from overheating during the summer months. Checking it is easy: Just pull the coolant dipstick and read the recommended marks to ensure your car’s coolant level is where it should be. If it isn’t, add more coolant to bring it up to the correct level. Remember to never open the radiator cap or coolant tank lid when the engine is running or has been recently turned off.
It’s also important to always check your vehicle’s tire pressure, which you can do with an analog or a digital gauge. You can find your vehicle’s recommended tire-pressure specs in the vehicle’s doorjamb or in your owner’s manual.
Another item we recommend checking out frequently is your car’s air conditioning, as it can keep you cool during the summer and reduce driver fatigue. It’s important to understand that an air-conditioning system rarely just needs to be charged, as car sellers sometimes say. Instead, a nonfunctioning system may have a leak, which could be a costly repair. You’ll want to fix it before adding refrigerant, because you might just be wasting your money. We also suggest having your cabin air filter checked regularly.
One more summer car care tip that may sound obvious: When parking, try to find a spot in the shade. Not only will it keep your car cooler, it’ll protect the paint and minimize your interior’s fading and cracking.