How do you take care of your car in the summer?

Summer is here and, as the temperatures rise, so do the challenges your vehicle faces. The scorching heat, long road trips, and increased demands on your car call for some essential auto maintenance to ensure your vehicle remains reliable and runs smoothly throughout the season. Here are auto repair tips that will keep your car cool in the summer heat.


1. Inspect and Replace the Cooling System

As the mercury climbs, the cooling system becomes critical in preventing your engine from overheating. Regularly inspect the coolant levels and make sure the radiator, hoses, and reservoir are in good condition.

Did you know? Paul Campanella's Auto & Tire Center provides a courtesy coolant inspection during your visit. Schedule yours here.


2. Check the Air Conditioning System:

A well-functioning air conditioning system can make all the difference in your summer drives. Ensure the AC system is running optimally by testing it early in the season. If it's not cooling effectively, have a professional inspect it for leaks and recharge the refrigerant if necessary.

Schedule your courtesy AC inspection here.


3. Examine Your Tires

Hot weather can take a toll on your tires, leading to increased wear and the risk of blowouts. Check the tire pressure regularly and keep them properly inflated according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Don't forget to inspect the tread depth and consider rotating the tires if needed.

Schedule your tire inspection here.


4. Change the Engine Oil and Filter:

Summer driving puts extra stress on your engine, and fresh oil helps keep it running smoothly. Follow your vehicle's maintenance schedule and replace the engine oil and filter at the recommended intervals. This simple step can significantly extend your engine's life.

Schedule your oil change here.


5. Inspect the Battery:

Heat can accelerate battery fluid evaporation and lead to battery failure. Check the battery terminals for corrosion, ensure they are tightly connected, and if your battery is old or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it to prevent unexpected breakdowns.

Schedule battery inspection here.


6. Replace Worn Belts and Hoses:

High temperatures can cause rubber belts and hoses to crack and deteriorate. Inspect them for signs of wear, such as fraying, splitting, or soft spots. Replace any worn belts or hoses to avoid potential engine damage.

Schedule belt inspection here.


7. Top Off Fluids:

Make sure all essential fluids, such as brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid, are at the correct levels. Proper fluid levels are crucial for your vehicle's overall performance and safety.

Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center inspects and tops off your fluids when necessary as a courtesy! Schedule your fluid inspection here.


8. Inspect Brakes:

The summer often means more road trips and longer drives, so having well-functioning brakes is essential. You should have a qualified mechanic inspect your brake pads, rotors, and calipers for wear and tear periodically. Replace any worn components to maintain optimal braking performance.

Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center provides courtesy brake inspections during your visit. Schedule here.


9. Clean and Test Lights

With longer days and potential summer road trips, your vehicle's lights become even more critical for safety. Headlights and taillights should be cleaned and clear for maximum visibility. Test all exterior lights, including brake lights and turn signals, and replace any burnt-out bulbs.

Paul Campanella's Auto & Tire Center checks your headlights and taillights during our digital inspection process. Schedule your free inspection here:

We also provide headlight restoration! Schedule service here.


10. Prepare an Emergency Kit:

Despite taking all precautions, unforeseen situations can arise. Assemble an emergency kit that includes items like a flashlight, jumper cables, a tire repair kit, a first-aid kit, and extra water. Having a well-prepared kit can provide peace of mind during your summer travels.

With Paul Campanella's Auto & Tire Center, it's easy to protect your vehicle from harsh summer weather and avoid breakdowns on the road.

For your convenience, we have five full-service auto repair centers in the Delaware Valley:

Wilmington, DE | Pike Creek, DE | Hockessin, DE | Kennett Square, PA | Swarthmore, PA

Concerned about your vehicle's health? Our team is here to help! Schedule a visit with us here.

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