Can you take the Heat? Tips for Summerizing your Vehicle

We all know how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, but with the hot summer months in front of us, car owners should also be thinking about protecting their vehicles from the heat. Drastic changes in weather can aggravate existing problems and cause any unchecked weaknesses to turn into serious issues. Whether you are planning a cross-country road trip during the summer months, or simply using your car around town, there are important steps that you should take to “summer-ize” your car and ensure all aspects of your vehicle are ready and protected for the upcoming months of hot weather driving.

• Wash away the remnants of winter and give your car a good wax job to help protect the body and paint from damaging UV rays. Check at your local auto supply store for products that are geared specifically towards sun protection.

Ten simple ways to get your car ready for winter

1. Your winter service should include an oil change, and the oil used should meet the manufactures spec's. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.

2. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Make sure you fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. (Plain water won’t do the trick at this time of year because it freezes.) Also check to see that your heater and defroster are working properly so you can keep the windshield nice and clear.

3. Give your battery a little TLC. This is an ideal time of year to make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and that your battery has all the water it needs. If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge.

A Message from Brandon

Hello and welcome to my “Car/Truck Care Tips” page. I have included winter and summer preparation guidelines for your review, enjoy!

There are many other great vehicle care info sites that you may be interested in, I have provided you some of these links at the end of this article.



Easy to Follow Winter Car Care Tips!

Winter car care and safe driving tips are essential as the snow, ice and hazards of seasonal motoring are just around the corner. If you winterize your car you enhance your vehicle's life, saving you from expensive repairs. Winter car care is easy to do! 

Don't be one of the estimated 70% of motorists who do not prepare their cars for winter weather.

Anybody who doesn't cut his speed at the sight of a police car is probably parked. ~ Anonymous