23 May Is Your Car Summer-Ready?
Check Your Wiper Blades
Snow, salt, and cold temperatures can really do a number on your wipers, and now that we’re heading into summer, the rubber on your wipers is probably a bit worn. Now is a great time to replace your blades. Remember, if your blades are streaky, smearing, have split rubber, squeaking, or “chattering” when you use them, it’s definitely time to replace them!
Check & Change Your Fluids
In areas like Connecticut where the temperatures change drastically between the summer and the winter, it’s especially important to check and change your fluids. Windshield wiper fluid especially empties quickly during winter and spring, so you’ll want to make sure that’s topped up ahead of summertime.
Check & Rotate Your Tires
Remember, your tires should be rotated every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Even if you’re not someone who drives their car a lot, you should still be rotating your tires every 6 months.
On a hot summer day when you’re hitting the highway to get to the beach, the last thing you want is a flat tire. Now is a good time to check your tires to make sure your tires are ready to hit the road this summer. If you’re curious about whether you need to replace your tires, you can check by inserting a penny into the treads of your tires. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, then you know it’s time to replace the tire.
Finally, remember that when temperatures change, the air pressure inside your tire will change as well. Check your owner’s manual for the right psi (pound per square inch) for your car’s tires and fill your tires with air to that amount.
Take a Look Under the Hood
Either you or a professional should make sure to take a look under the hood at your vehicle’s belts, hoses, and air filters. Damaged belts and hoses need to be repaired or replaced, and your air filters need to be working properly so that your air conditioning is ready for the hot weather coming our way.