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How to Get Your Car Ready for the Summer

Last updated 3 years ago

Summer temperatures can reach impressive levels in Smyrna, so it’s important to make sure that your car is equipped to handle the heat properly. Otherwise, your vehicle may break down and you may have to pay a visit to an automotive repair shop. In this article, you can learn how to prepare your car for summer.

Check the Cooling System

To protect the engine from corrosion, maximize fuel efficiency, and support proper oil viscosity, your vehicle’s cooling system will attempt to keep the engine at 200°F. In the hot weather, however, it’s not uncommon for the engine to reach temperatures exceeding 250°F, which can cause engine overheating. To ensure your cooling system is able to handle the heat, visit an automotive repair shop and have them check the coolant level, radiator, and hoses.

Inspect the Air Conditioner

Don’t wait for the A/C to break at the worst possible time—visit an automotive repair specialist before summer for an inspection of your air conditioner. The technician will look for worn or damaged belts, as well as inspect the condenser to see that it is clear of debris.

Make Sure You Have Sufficient Tread

The hot summer roads can be harsh on tires, so it’s important that the tires on your vehicle have plenty of tread. Go to an automotive repair shop and ask them to measure the tread on your tires. The tires should be replaced if the tread level measures 4/32 inches or less.

Ensure the Brakes Are Well-Maintained

Wet roads can reduce the effectiveness of the braking system. To get ready for summer, schedule an inspection of your vehicle’s brakes. Hot weather also wears out the brake pads faster, so you may need to replace yours before summer to avoid putting yourself at risk for a collision. 

For high-quality car maintenance for your vehicle this summer, come to Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair. Visit our website to see our full list of services. Call us at (404) 252-9895 if you have any questions.

 

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