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How to Keep Your Car Maintained During the Final Days of Summer

The summer may be nearly over, but it may not feel like that in Wilmington, North Carolina. The warm weather may be around for a bit longer, so it’s best to take the necessary precautions to keep your car running at tip top shape. Winter is always viewed as the season that takes the biggest toll on your vehicle, causing many car owners to underestimate the effect of summer’s extreme heat. Just as we prepare for icy roads and dangerous conditions, it’s important to take the time to take care of your car during the summer months. Not only does this guarantee it will be in excellent shape for those drives during the final days of summer, but you’ll have more fun (and look good) on the road. Beat the heat, stay cool and comfortable in your properly maintained vehicle with these four tips.

Check the air conditioning

Sometimes it’s nice to drive with the windows down and feel the breeze. However, that time is not on a scorching afternoon. Don’t get stuck sweating it out during the hottest months of the year. Evaluate your AC system and have a technician take a look if you think there’s a problem. The presence of hot air could mean it’s time to add refrigerant.

It’s also a good idea to replace the cabin air filter every year. Over time, the air filter becomes clogged with insects and dirt, then air flows through that build-up to on its way into the cabin. A new filter lets fresh air flow freely for a more comfortable drive.

Flush the cooling system

If your vehicle overheats, that likely means you’re stranded on the road with no AC and nowhere to go. Protect yourself and your car from the extreme temperatures by flushing the cooling system every two years. Overheating is one of the leading causes of vehicle breakdowns in the summer time. A complete flush and refill prevent this from happening. An auto technician can take care of this for you and monitor your coolant levels during regularly scheduled maintenance. They will also perform a thorough inspection of the hoses, water pump, radiator, and other parts of the system.

Gauge battery life

Batteries can fail at any moment, in any season. However, proactively gauging the life of your battery can prevent it from happening at an inopportune time. The best way to detect its strength is to have it professionally tested. Also, review the date marked on the battery. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s over three years old, it’s best to bring your car in for a new one, especially before long trips. To extend the life of your car battery, carefully clean off corrosion and retighten the connections. Be cautious of harmful fluids or deposits. Wear protective gloves and eyewear when cleaning the battery yourself.

Wash it off and wipe it down

Hopefully, you’ve already visited the car wash since winter left behind salt and grime on your vehicle. If you haven’t, it’s imperative that you remove the residue and build-up to prevent damage to the body and finish. Summer is also a good time to apply a coat of wax for even better protection. Plus, there are few things more beautiful than a freshly cleaned car.

Go the extra mile and take care of the inside as well as the outside. Consider getting your vehicle detailed for a deeper clean. This is the best way to undo what the wet seasons left behind and make your drive more comfortable, whether it’s to work or to the beach.

Take it to Performance Auto Specialists

When it comes to car maintenance, we know a thing or two. When summer rolls around, make Performance Auto Specialists your first stop. Our technicians can test your air conditioning and battery, flush and refill the cooling system, and perform all of your regular maintenance needs.

Contact us today for an appointment and let us get you set for the summer.

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