Getting Your Car Ready For Summer | Charleston, SC
With the temperatures climbing and our summer adventures continuing, it’s important to take care of our cars. Here are some tips on how to take care of your car this summer.
Check Fluid Levels
Checking your car’s fluid levels is one of the most important ways to get ready for summer. Hot temperatures can take a toll on your car’s fluids, so you’ll want to make sure they’re at proper levels in order to handle the heat. The most important fluids to check include motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and wiper fluid. Oil is especially essential, given that it’s helping your engine operate properly and preventing it from overheating.
Get A/C Serviced
When it gets hot outside, it gets even hotter inside your car. Before the temperatures skyrocket, ensure that your air-conditioning system is working properly. Head down to our service department, where our certified technicians can check the system and make sure that it will cool properly. They’ll also check the air filter, to make sure that you’re breathing in fresh air as you drive and that the airflow is maximized. Checking this system is important because staying cool while you drive also keeps you alert on road trips.
Replace Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are a relatively inexpensive part of your car that are easy to forget about. Windshield wipers need to be in top shape for those rainy-day road trips, but if your wipers are too worn, they won’t work properly to move the rain off of your windshield, making it very difficult to see what’s in front of you. As a general rule of thumb, you want to replace your wipers every 6 months to 1 year. If it’s been a while, it’s always good to replace them before spring or summer because of the more-frequent rain in these seasons.
From dog noses to grimy fingers, windows can get dirty quickly. Thankfully, cleaning your windows is a simple thing you can do to get your car ready for all of your adventures. You can clean your windows at home with glass cleaner as well as a cloth meant for glass (so it won’t leave streaks or lint). Microfiber cloths are best, but if you don’t have those, newspapers will do to avoid streaks. While cleaning your windows, park somewhere cool like a shaded spot or in your garage, avoiding water evaporation that would leave spots.
Above all, if you need a new road-trip vehicle at a great price, come look around the lot at Mama’s Used Cars.
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