Despite the fact that a lot of people see winter as a time of the year when their car comes under more strain, it’s important not to forget that summer is also a time of the year that can have a detrimental effect on your car. Therefore, it is critical that you take the time to check your car before heading off for a long drive or that road-trip to summer vacation. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the things you can do to make driving in the summer a breeze and not a danger.
Checking Coolant Levels
Overheating can be a problem for a lot of car owners, and it is usually caused by low coolant levels. It could also be due to a broken fan or a faulty thermostat. Nevertheless, before you set out on a long drive, you can lower the risk of your car overheating on hot summer days by making sure that the coolant levels have not dropped to dangerous levels.
Check the Efficiency of your Water Pump
No one likes to see their car expelling fluid all over the road, and normally, a leak is not good news. One of the most common leaks on a car is caused by a leaking water pump. A leaky water pump is not the worst leak you could have, but it can be very inconvenient. In order to determine whether your car has a leaky water pump, choose a dry day/night and place some paper underneath the car overnight. If you wake up in the morning to find that there is a green colored substance on the paper, it means that your water pump is leaking coolant and will need to be replaced.
Punctures can be a big reason why you will fail to get to your destination, and there is nothing worse than getting a puncture when you’re miles from the nearest auto repair center. Before you set out, you should always check your tires for signs of wear and tear, and check the pressure. Also, make sure that your spare tire is in good condition! Remember to bring a jack and a set of tools for removing and tightening the wheel nuts.
Always remember to follow these three steps – don’t let car trouble ruin your summer vacation! Bring your car into DML Automotive in West Chester, Pennsylvania and we’ll do our part to keep your car safe on the road, all summer long!