Summer Care Car – It’s been a rough past few months for most North Carolinians, to say the least. The fallout from the global Covid-19 pandemic has turned the country upside down. After all that we have endured, there now appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.
As the State’s shelter-in-place orders continue to ease, many North Carolinians are eager to go outside. That being said, we are ready to get back on the road again. Whether it’s a family road trip, a weekend getaway, local residents will unquestionably be hitting the streets this summer. While many NC motorists’ minds are on where they’ll be going and what they’ll be doing. Here at Carolina Mobile Auto, we want to remind NC motorists not to forget about proper summer car care. Here, we take a closer look at guarding your car or truck against the sweltering heat and driving conditions synonymous with a typical summer in Winston-Salem.
Having a functioning air-conditioner is considered essential when driving in the boiling heat of a North Carolina summer. Is your vehicle’s air-conditioner is delivering spotty performance now? Chances are it will need to be repaired or serviced before the summer comes to an end. First, you will want to check the temperature of the air. Also, the amount of air pressure being released from the vents. Is the air blowing out of the vents is warm or lacks sufficient pressure? Your vehicle may have a failing blow motor, damaged condenser, or a refrigerant leak. If you notice any odd smells coming from your vehicle’s air conditioner system, most likely the air filter is in need of replacement.
Seeing a motorist or two pulled over on the side of the road with an overheated engine is an all-too-familiar. An overheated cooling system is one of the most common causes of a breakdown during the summer months. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative to ensure your vehicle’s coolant fluid levels are properly topped off, as well as appearing the proper green or orange color. If your car or truck’s coolant fluid appears a rusty brown color or is noticeably leaking, it is time to bring it in for service. The ASE certified automotive professionals at Carolina Mobile Auto recommend a full coolant system flush roughly every other year to prevent any costly cooling system related repairs.
Visually inspecting your vehicle’s tires should be a part of every motorist’s standard daily driving routine. Making sure your tires have proper inflation is especially important during the summer months. Underinflated tires will run hotter than usual, making them more susceptible to blowouts. Not to mention the baking hot road conditions prevalent during a typical Winston-Salem summer day. Here at Carolina Mobile Auto, we also recommend rotating your tires every 5,000-miles to maximize your automobile’s performance, safety, and longevity.
An often-overlooked part of summer car care is removing moisture from under your vehicle’s floor mats. As the weather heats up, there’s no better time to remove the floor mats in your car or truck and let them dry out in the sun. Moisture tends to accumulate over time under your vehicle’s floor mats due to wet weather and condensation. During the heat and humidity of a typical North Carolina summer, the moisture will form fungus, causing damage to a vehicle’s interior, along with an unpleasant odor, as well as general filthiness.
The harmful UV rays from the sun along with blistering summer heat will prematurely age your automobile’s paint job and can cause permanent damage. Regular washing is crucial when it comes to any proper summer car care routine. The negative effects caused by high temperatures and scorching sunlight are only magnified when combined with abrasive dust and debris. Waxing your car or truck with a synthetic wax will provide protection from UV rays, oxidation, and wear-and-tear.
The scorching sun and blistering NC summer heat will literally bake the interior of your car, truck, or SUV. This leads to drying, cracking, and overall diminished longevity of any leather, vinyl, or plastic-based materials built-in in your vehicle’s interior. Clean and apply a layer of dedicated automotive protectants to your vehicle’s dashboard, seats, and door handles. Cleaning these areas should be a key component of any summer car care regiment.
Aside from actively engaging in proper summer car care practices, the automotive experts at Carolina Mobile Auto also want to ensure local Winston-Salem motorists are keeping up with routine service and scheduled maintenance. When it comes to your vehicle’s performance and longevity, regularly scheduling your oil changes are always in-season. If you have any further questions about summer car care contact us today or drop by for a visit.