Maintenance to Prepare Your Car For Summer

We here at Lexus of Wilmington all agree, summer can be one of the most fun and enjoyable seasons to drive in. But high temperatures can put a lot of stress on your car.

Top 5 Summer Maintenance Tips

 

  1. Check Your Tires: Temperatures in Delaware can fluctuate over 40 degrees between winter and summer. And while it is nice getting out of those low temperatures, that fluctuation can be rough on your tires. While colder weather typically causes low tire pressure, the opposite goes for summer. Heat causes the air to expand, which in turn could cause your tires to pop. Which is not only an inconvenience, but also a major safety hazard.
  2. Replace Your Wipers:Believe it or not, winter can cause a lot of wear and tear on your windshield wipers. Be sure to check and change your wipers as need be to ensure they work as effectively as possible.
  3. Flush Your Cooling System: It’s recommended that you flush your cooling system about once every two years. This can vary from model to model and make to make, so be sure you read over your owner’s manual. Flushing the cooling system can help remove rust and other debris that you don’t want in your anti-freeze.
  4. Test the Battery:Just like tires, your car's battery is also affected by changes in weather. Changes in temperature could cause it to drain faster than it usually would. If you bring it into our service center, it’ll only take a couple of minutes to check.
  5. Check your Engine: We tried to save the most important for last on our list. Changing your car's oil after winter is an important part of summer maintenance. It’s possible your car may not need a change, but when it comes to the engine, you’re better safe than sorry. Without lubrication, friction will build up between moving parts causing the life cycle of your engine to decrease significantly. Lexus recommends changing the oil every 10,000 miles or 12 months – whichever comes first.

We’re all looking forward to summer, but it’s important to keep your car's health in mind as we transition from winter.

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