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Getting Your Car Ready for Summer Is Critical for Engine Performance

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The hot weather of summer is harder on your car than you might think. From your tires to your coolant, you need to be keeping up with the effect the seasons have on your vehicle. Here are the top things you need to get checked on your car to keep it running longer and with better performance.

Coolant Levels

Engine coolant is important all the time, but it’s even more critical in the hot weather of summer. Coolant, a mixture of antifreeze and water, is utilized in automobile engines to keep them from overheating. Antifreeze is important, as it keeps the water in your engine from freezing in the winter. Freezing coolant can cause serious damage to sensitive engine components, so getting the mix right is critical.

In the summertime, you could technically get away with just using water as an engine coolant. However, it’s worth noting that coolant doesn’t just have a lower freezing point, but a higher boiling point. So, while distilled water can get you by in an emergency situation, it’s best to use actual coolant to keep your engine running properly.

Oil Changes

If it’s been a while since your last oil change, summer is the time to get it done. Hotter temperatures in your engine can make old oil even more damaging than it normally is. Engine oil helps to lubricate the moving parts in your car’s engine block, and as these parts heat up, wear and tear can speed up tremendously.

Make sure you’re taking good care of your car in the hottest months of the year by getting the oil changed and the fluid levels all topped off.

Tires

Make sure your car’s tires are getting rotated regularly. If you’re low on air pressure in your tires from the harsh winter weather, get that situation addressed right away. Proper tire pressure is better for your gas mileage and for the longevity of your tires. Remember, tires are expensive, and you really don’t want to be on the hook for buying them more often than you have to.

Battery

Starting your car on a hot day is more draining on your battery than starting it on a mild day. Multiple hot starts can begin to wear on the battery. Make sure your car’s battery is in good condition before you start driving a ton in the summer. That last thing you want is to hop in your car to head to work only to find that your battery is dead and you’re not going anywhere.

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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