As summer hits us head on, don’t let fun in the sun be hampered by problems with your car. Your vehicle needs proper maintenance to keep it running in top condition during hot summer months. Here is some helpful information to make sure your vehicle is ready for summer!
Did you know that hot weather can decrease battery energy and life nearly as much as cold weather? Surprisingly, this fact is true – it just happens for different reasons.
During hot weather, the inside of your battery can be damaged by a lack of fluid that often occurs because of the high temperatures causing evaporation.
Dirt and grime on the top of the battery can actually conduct energy away from the battery that is needed for the ignition of your vehicle. Oxidization on the battery and its connections can insulate the battery and block the flow of current.
Also, have the charge rate of the battery inspected. Many people assume that over-charging a car battery is helpful. However, it can be just as damaging as under-charging your battery.
Here’s how you can help keep your car battery working at its best:
- Add distilled water to battery to keep it full (especially in hot weather)
- Keep battery connections clean of dirt and grime
- Keep battery connections corrosion free
- Have charge rate of battery inspected
Full of hot air?
We’ve all been there. It’s hot as the dickens and you turn the air conditioner on and instead of a nice blast of cool air, we get hot air instead! Don’t wait until you’ve got hot air blowing on your face when it’s 90 degrees outside to realize it is time to have your air conditioning inspected.
Instead, we recommend you have your vehicle air conditioning checked at least once each year, preferably before the summer months. Certified Tire Factory technicians will make sure your system has the proper refrigerant, correct amounts of Freon, and suggest maintenance that will keep your A/C blowing cool air during those warm and hot weather days.
Ready for rain?
Spring and summer seasons often bring rain. Make sure you have Roemer’s Tire Factory inspect your tires and the tread wear. If your tires have been worn down to thin tread, you are much more susceptible to hydroplaning on thin sheets of water and losing control in slippery, wet driving conditions. A simple way to check the proper depth of your tire tread is to insert a quarter down in the tread of the tire. If you can see all of George’s head, it is time for a new tire with deeper tread.
Be sure your wipers also work well. According to the Car Care Council, 90% of all driving decisions are based on the driver’s visibility. Don’t wait until you are driving in torrential downpour to discover that your wiper blades need to be replaced. It is inexpensive maintenance that will drastically improve your driving safety during the rainy months.
Bring your vehicle to Tire Factory and we will help you check your tire tread at no charge and help you replace the blades for your windshield. If needed, we will perform tire maintenance to make sure you are ready for the slick driving conditions.
Clean cabin filters
The hot summer months are full of plenty of air contaminants including dust, pollen and spores, pollution, mold and many more that are constantly soiling your cabin air filters. The A/C and ventilation systems can easily transport these impurities into the cabin air of your vehicle. Believe it or not, this can make the air inside your car up to six times dirtier than the air outside!
Have Roemer’s Tire Factory technicians inspect and replace your cabin air filters at least once a year. If you live in a high pollution area it may be necessary to have us perform this service more often.
We are here to help! Bring your vehicle to Roemer’s Tire Factory and we will help you successfully prepare for the wet spring conditions and the hot summer months. If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your vehicle for these conditions, our qualified technicians will be able to answer your question and perform the service to your satisfaction.
Here’s a handy spring and summer auto care checklist:
- Battery Inspection
- Air Conditioning Inspection and Maintenance
- Wiper System Inspection and Adjustment
- Tire Tread Inspection
- Clean Cabin Air Filters
- Regular Washing / Waxing to Increase Vehicle Value