Summer is around the corner, and drivers in Houston, Texas, are getting ready for high temperatures, trips to the beach, and vacations with the family. You may be ready for the new season, but is your car? At Santa Ana Auto Care, we understand the importance of seasonal maintenance, so we’ve laid out a complete checklist to get your care ready for summer:
Summer usually means a larger number of cars on the road – people will be ready to travel, and the Houston highways can get crowded. Avoid the possibility of a collision by having your brakes inspected by a reputable auto shop. They will be able to alert you if there are any brake issues that may make your car unsafe to drive in heavy traffic.
It’s no secret that Texas summers are hot! You’ll want to make sure you’re A/C is ready to tackle the heat before summer gets here. Have an auto mechanic take a look at you’re A/C system to check that there are no leaks and that the cabin air filter doesn’t need to be changed. You don’t want to enter summer with an A/C that doesn’t work and make driving uncomfortable.
- Engine Performance
Is your engine ready for any spontaneous summer road trips you may plan this summer? To make sure your engine won’t fail during your vacation, be sure to have the engine performance checked. Your local auto mechanic will make sure there are no problems like reduced engine power or rough idling and will change any fuel or PCV filters that are dirty.
- Windshield Wipers
You never know when a summer downpour will happen, so make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Check for any cracks or worn edges in the rubber. If you notice any, it means it’s time to get a new pair of wipers to get you through the summer.
- Cooling System
One of the top causes of summer vehicle breakdowns is overheating. To prevent this, be sure to have a professional auto shop check your cooling system. They’ll make sure all fluids are flushed and refilled, along with making sure there are no leaks that could lead to serious issues.
The last thing you want is your battery to die in 90-degree weather. Have your battery tested to make sure it’s not in need of replacing. Also, scrape away any corrosion you may find on the posts and cable connections.
Make sure your tires are properly aligned and won’t cause any issues with the handling of your car when you’re driving this summer. Additionally, be sure to check the tire pressure throughout the summer season, as high temperatures can cause a change in tire PSI.
This checklist will help make sure your car is ready to get you through the hottest time of year. To get your car in shape for the summer season, give Santa Ana Auto Care a call at (713) 956-1145.