Just like you are affected by the heat of the summer, so is your vehicle. With temperatures sometimes reaching over 90 degrees, it is important to take some proper precautions to ensure your vehicle is ready for summer.
Cooling System—High temperatures cause your cooling system to work extra hard to keep your engine from overheating. Make sure you are on schedule with your coolant flushes, which should be done about every 2 years.
Battery—Temperatures over 90 degrees accelerate your battery’s operation which causes the internal fluids to evaporate. Be sure to have your battery tested if it’s over 3 years old.
Tires—Driving in high temperatures increases stress on your tires, especially where there are cracks, bubbles or bald spots. Higher stress means higher risk of a blowout. Be sure to have your tires inspected at least every 6 months for deficiencies.
Tire Inflation—For every 10 degree change in temperature, your tires will gain or lose 1 PSI. Proper tire pressure is extremely important for safety, fuel economy, and tread life. Be sure to check tire pressure at least once per month.
Oil —Frequent oil changes are essential for proper preventative maintenance on your engine. This is especially true during summer. Be sure to use a thicker oil, like 10W30, in the summer for better protection.
Speak with a Levin Tire expert or refer to your owner’s manual for recommendations for your specific vehicle.