How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Hot summer weather puts its own set of demands on your vehicle, and you want to make sure that you prepare your vehicle so it can be ready to meet them. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare your car for summer.

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  1. Keep the heat down: In the summer, your cooling system is of the utmost importance. Before the hot weather hits, you should check the radiator for leaks or breakage, and make sure that you have adequate amounts of coolant. While driving in the heat, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the engine temperature gauge. If you force your car to drive while its engine is overheated, you can cause permanent damage.
  2. Check your air conditioning system: Inspect your air conditioning system’s belts, condenser, and fins. You’ll be happy to have this system working in tip-top shape when beastly hot weather hits.
  3. Swap out winter tires for summer tires: If you haven’t swapped out your winter tires yet, it’s essential to do before summer weather kicks into gear. Summer tires are the most efficient choice for the season, but all-season tires are perfectly fine, too—they just won’t perform quite as well as specialized summer tires.
  4. Check your vehicle’s towing equipment: Summer is the time of year that most families will tow their trailer, boat, or other outdoor gear, so you will want to check your vehicle’s towing equipment to make sure it’s in good shape and working as it should.

If you need help getting your ride ready for the road ahead this summer, stop into Gossett Kia. Our team of service experts has the tools and knowhow necessary to help you welcome summertime with arms open.

 

Keep Cold Weather Car Problems at Bay

You might think that because we’re in the South, we’re exempt from weather-related car troubles in the winter, but that’s not necessarily the case. Vehicles can have all kinds of cold weather car problems even when there’s no snow and ice on the ground, so it’s best to be prepared.

 

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Check Your Battery

The battery is often the number one car part that suffers when temperatures plummet, as extreme temperatures affect battery capacity. Have your battery checked as soon as possible to avoid being stranded.

 

Change the Oil

Did you know cold weather can also thicken motor oil? This can do a number on your engine by preventing the different engine parts from being properly lubricated.

 

Keep an Eye on Coolant

When you mix antifreeze and water, the mixture shouldn’t be any different from 50/50 in order to prevent the water from freezing in drastically cold temperatures.

 

Replace Wiper Blades

Even if there’s no snow sticking on the ground, any kind of precipitation like flurries or rain can decrease your visibility, so make sure you’re replacing your wiper blades routinely.

 

Cold weather car problems can be avoided by having routine checkups and sticking to regular vehicle maintenance schedules. If you need more information, stop by our service department at Gossett Kia today.