Seasons change, and that’s what you experience in MN. Minneapolis summers are generally warm and humid. The extended daylight hours ensure you have all the outdoor fun you need. And what better way to enjoy Minneapolis summers than hitting the road? Get the family on board and relish scenic drives, be it on The King of Trails or the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.
Before you think of fun, you have to ensure your old car is ready for summer. Minneapolis summers can take a toll on your vehicle. The car’s air conditioner gets overworked, the tires expand due to heat, and any breakdown means you have to endure sweltering temperatures. You can avoid these issues by preparing your car for summertime driving. Here are the easy steps of summarizing your vehicle.
1. Check the Tires
Given that spring is wintry in MN, cars often use winter tires during this period. However, as summer approaches, your vehicle does not need snow tires. The warm, dry pavements will cause these tires to wear out unevenly. What your old car needs are summer or all-season auto rubbers.
Ensure the wheels are in proper condition. Check for signs of damage, and notably the air pressure. Summertime driving requires adequately inflated tires. Mess up your tire pressure, and they could end up blowing on the highway due to overheating. Also, don’t forget to keep your spare tire in good shape.
2. Have a Look at the Coolant
At the beginning of summer, it’s vital to examine the quantity and quality of your car’s coolant. If it’s low, fill it to an appropriate level. Make sure the coolant is clean, bright, and free of sediments and grease.
If it has these residues, you might need to flush the entire system. Always add half coolant/half water unless you bought a pre-mixed coolant. If you’re unsure, you can check the manual. Learn to replace the coolant after every two years.
3. Examine the Engine Oil
Your car’s engine is likely to overwork in hot conditions. The engine parts will need summer-grade oil to work efficiently. This means getting rid of the light oil that served you during cold seasons. Light oil is too thin to lubricate engine components in high temperatures.
Other aspects of inspecting are the oil levels and color. Old cars tend to leak oil frequently. You can use a dipstick to ensure the oil is at appropriate levels. If it’s low, you’ll need to add more. The oil needs to have a clean golden-brown color. If you see black color, it’s time to change the oil.
4. Check Out the Brakes
Driving on Minneapolis roads during cold months is challenging. You constantly have to brake to keep your automobile in control. When summer arrives, you need to be sure these brakes are still in top condition.
Start by checking on the brake fluid. If it’s low, top it up. Low brake fluid might indicate issues with the brake pad. Inspect the brake pads and ensure they aren’t worn. Afterward, examine whether the drums and rotors have developed cracks.
5. Inspect Hoses and Belts
The temperature change from cold to hot might strain belts. Check whether the belts have cracks and whether shiny spots have developed on the belt. These spots represent worn-out sections.
Replacement intervals for belts vary from one manufacturer to the other. Consult the car’s manual to see when you should replace belts. The same applies to hoses. Examine whether hoses are:
- Worn out
6. Inspect and Service the A/C
Forget about driving in summer without a properly working A/C. The auto’s interior temperature during summer is unforgiving. You’ll need to run the A/C system and gauge its performance. Does the fan run properly, or does it produce strange sounds?
If you suspect something odd, call an expert mechanic to have a look. The specialist should have the right tools and certification to work on a car’s A/C system. Even if your car’s system works perfectly, it might need servicing from a certified specialist.
7. Examine the Wiper Blade and Fluid
Visibility is always important when driving. During winter, a lot of people use their wiper fluids to de-ice windshields. This means the wiper fluid reservoir will be low at the start of summer. You have to top up this reservoir before driving. While at it, inspect the wiper blades. Do they streak the windshield? If they do, replace them.
The mentioned precautionary measures ensure you have a pleasurable summer driving experience on Minneapolis roads. But if the cold season was hard on your vehicle, summer might be the perfect time to junk it. If you need help junking your old car, give us a call: we buy junk cars in Minneapolis and we're more than happy to help.