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Summer Car Maintenance Tips for California

car maintenance tips for california

Summertime can really bring on the heat in California. While this is a fun time for vacations and getaways, the heat can take its toll on your car. After a long summer, make sure you are keeping up with your car maintenance to avoid any issues, costly repairs or car insurance claims that may have been avoided. Vehicle safety is very important to make sure your car is running at its best and may keep your auto insurance bill down too.

Here are some of the things you should have checked, particularly in the summer heat.

Air Conditioning
You can take your car to a local car repair garage to check your AC for leaks, make sure Freon levels are good, and check to make sure the full air conditioning system is running at top performance. Typically, small issues can be cheaper if they are repaired early.

Air Filters
Your car air filter catches all kinds of things while you are driving. It is essential to check to see if it is time to replace or clean the filter for your car.

Coolant System
The coolant system is vital to making sure your car operates properly. Check your engine coolant fluid or have a mechanic check the full system for you to make sure you don’t have any major issues.

Wiper Blades
Even though it is the summer, it always rains at some point. You want to maintain the best visibility possible while driving to avoid accidents and too many auto insurance claims. Check your wiper blades regularly and get them replaced quickly if needed.

Check Oil
Your oil is very important in maintaining proper engine function. If it has been a long time since your last oil change, or you are not sure when the last time was, check your oil or have a mechanic check it for you.

Check Tires
Between long road trips, bumps in the road, and other road hazards, your tires go through a lot. Double-check your tire pressure and the condition of your tires before getting on the road, particularly before a long trip!

Check Battery
Many people don’t realize that heat can cause your battery to fail or reduce the battery life. If you are unsure of how old your car batter is or its condition, have a professional check it for you.

Check Brakes
Brakes are extremely important for your car to avoid crashes and controlling the speed of your vehicle. If you are hearing brakes squealing or noticing any other issues, have your brakes inspected right away.

Engine Belt
The engine belt on your car connects to several important components to keep your engine running properly. If you start to notice wear and tear or hear any issues, have this inspected soon to see if you need to replace it.

Essential Fluids
Don’t forget about the other important fluids in your car – brake, power-steering, and windshield wiper fluid. Typically, these are all checked during an oil change, but it is always a good idea to check these yourself if you can.