Car Care Tips for Summer

Even if you're not particularly handy, you can still prepare your car to face the high summer temperatures before and during the hottest months of the year. These few simple tasks will go a long way to keeping you from being stranded in Randolph with a blowout or a dead battery.

You might have just had your winter tires swapped for a summer set, but the pressure in your tires can change in less than a month, so it's a good idea to check it every few weeks. Low tire pressure is a cause of tire blowouts, which can not only leave you sitting on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive but can even cause an accident. Wait until your car has been sitting idle for several hours before you test the pressure and compare the result with your owner's manual to ensure it's within manufacturer guidelines.

Your battery reacts to both extreme cold and extreme heat in different ways. As temperatures climb, the heat causes your battery to over-perform, which can age it quickly. You'll want to check for any corrosion on the battery terminals and clean it with some baking soda on a small brush. If you check it again a few weeks later and see that the corrosion is back, it might indicate a larger problem that will need addressing by a mechanic. The level of fluid in your battery can also drop due to evaporation. If it does, top it up with some distilled water.

You should also keep an eye on other fluids in your engine, primarily the coolant level, as this governs your engine temperature. Wiper fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and motor oil levels should also be regularly evaluated and topped up if necessary.

Using just these few tips will help your car to face the hot summer months of Denville, Dover, Morristown and Rockaway successfully. Even if your car is new, it's still a good idea to keep some necessary items on hand should the worst ever happen. A jug of water, jumper cables, warning flares, granola bars and a flashlight are items that will help if you ever become stranded.

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