Warm weather can take a toll on your car, just as cold weather can. Make sure you perform a seasonal maintenance check to ensure your vehicle is running smoothly. Here are six tips for getting your car ready for summer.
Check your tire pressure, ensuring it’s in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations, which are found in the driver’s side door sill.
You’ll also want to inspect your tires for gouges and, using a tire gauge, measure the tread depth. Replace tires if they have less than 3/32” or 2mm.
Top up your washer fluid. Peterson recommends switching to a summertime formulation once warm weather hits, which does a better job dissolving proteins found in bug splatter. (It has a higher freezing point, so make sure to swap it out before winter.)
After that, check your oil. Always follow manufacturer guidelines for either the length of time or mileage between changes. You can also check it at home between recommended changes; the level should reach the marking on your dipstick and be light brown and viscous. If the oil is thick and black, change it right away, even if you haven’t hit the manufacturer’s limit yet.
It also never hurts to have your battery tested. Members can call CAA’s Mobile Battery Service, which can send a technician to wherever you are. They’ll check your battery and, if necessary, replace it with a new one. Members save $25 on the purchase of a new battery.
Give your vehicle a thorough scrubbing to remove caked-on dirt and salt, which can eat away at your car’s sensitive bits. Peterson recommends first running your vehicle through a touchless car wash, opting for the undercarriage cleaning. (Avoid brush washes – they’ll scratch your paint.) Give it a deep clean inside and out at home with specialized automotive products. Steer clear of dish detergents, which can ruin your car’s finish.
Get your car ready
Did you know that your CAA Membership gives you access to our Pit Crew Services? Whether you need an oil change or its time to change your tires, our crew comes to you. Visit us online today to book your appointment.
Plus, CAA Members save on all their vehicle’s needs. Save 10 per cent with NAPA Auto Parts for all the maintenance and accessories you need. Members also save with Shell, save ¢3 per litre and 10 per cent on car washes.