Summer is Coming! Here’s How to Prepare Your Car for the Warm Sunshine
Summer is right around the corner, and everyone in the Akron area is pumped for the warmer weather. Whether you are planning multiple trips to Sandusky to visit Cedar Point or heading to Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park in Chardon for some more moisture-rich fun, all of us here at RightWay Auto Sales in Akron, Ohio wants to make sure you make it to your thrilling destinations without a hiccup.
One big hiccup on your plans is a broken down set of wheels because you didn’t prepare your car for the warm weather after months of frigid temps.
Here’s how to get your car ready for the warm weather months here in the Akron area.
The cold winter months can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s battery, as the constant heating and cooling cases excess stress to its delicate insides. And the sudden changes to constant hot weather can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, leaving you and your car stuck on the side of the road.
Take the time to have your car’s battery and charging system checked to make sure it’s in top shape. Sure, your battery may seem like it starts your car just fine today, but you never know what’s going on inside that mystery box that is your battery until a professional tests it.
The local government keeps the roadways free of ice and snow using a mixture of chemicals that can cause long-term rusting and other issues. To keep your car in top shape for many years to come, you should have an expert clean the undercarriage once the weather breaks. This will clear off all the debris and chemical that your tires fling from the road to the undercarriage.
With unpredictable weather in the Akron area, it is sometimes a crapshoot as to when you should remove your winter tires and swap in all-season or summer rubber. At the very least, you need to change out your winter tire a few weeks before summer, as manufacturers design winter tires for cold weather, and hot weather can lead to excessive tire and degraded wet-weather traction.
Winter weather is rough on the brake system, as the cold snow and chemicals used to clear ice from the roads can cause corrosion and excessive wear to the brake system. What’s more, worn brakes can be sneak up on you and become unsafe with little to no warning. It’s best to have a professional inspect your car’s brake system to make sure they are up to the task of getting you to your summer vacation spot safely.
Wash, Clay Bar, and Wax
As we mentioned before, wintertime roads are covered in chemicals and other debris that can kill your paint job if left in the summer sun. To avoid this, it is best to do a complete exterior detailing when the season is about to change. This will include a deep washing (inside door jambs and wheel wells), clay barring to remove any particles stuck in the paint, and a high-quality wax and/or sealant to protect the paint from the hot sun.
You can do this yourself in an afternoon or hire a pro to take care of it for you. In the right hands, your car will look better than ever before after the detail.
Air Conditioning Check
Through the winter months, your car’s air conditioning sat mostly idle. This idle time and the elements can cause issues over time, including leaks and failed mechanical components, so it is a great idea to get your air conditioning checked before the hot weather smacks you in the face.
A qualified technician can connect your vehicle to a special machine that pressurizes the air-conditioning system and check all the mechanical components to ensure there are no leaks and everything is running up to spec. Keep in mind, even if your air conditioning seems to cool things off just fine, it is best to have it checked before the heat really kicks in. When the heat rises a small leak or a small mechanical flaw can turn into a costly failure and leave you sweating because of the heat and the anticipated cost of fixing the issue.
Have you tried all this and are still not confident your car can handle all your summer travels throughout the Akron area? Head down to RightWay Auto Sales of Akron to see our wide selection of quality used cars for sale. Whether you have great credit or a few blemishes, our experienced sales and financing staff can get you financed and on the road. Check out what used cars we offer in the Akron area online or swing by to see them in person today.