Summer Vacation Car Tune-Up Checklist: What To Do And How To Do It
If you own a car and plan on driving it this summer, then you're going to want to get it tuned up before taking off on your vacation. There are certain things that need to be checked regularly when you drive your car, so we've compiled the most important ones below for your convenience:
Tire Air Pressure
Speaking of tires, you should always check the air pressure of your tires at least once a month. It's a good idea to check the tire pressure when your tires are cold, meaning before you have driven on them for any significant amount of time. This will provide you with an accurate reading of what the tire pressure actually is, rather than what your tires say it is (which can sometimes be incorrect). When checking the air pressure in hot weather conditions, it's also important not to touch or lean against any part of the car if possible because this can affect its readings as well.
Windshield Wiper Blades
Wiper blades should be replaced every 6 months. There are different kinds of wipers, so make sure you get the right kind for your car. Typically, the more expensive ones are better at clearing rain and mud off your windshield. Wiper blades should be replaced in the spring and fall because this is when it rains most often. If you notice that your windshield wipers are streaking or smearing across your windshield, then it's time to replace them with new ones! You may also need to replace them if they're cracking or falling apart from use over time.
Engine Air Filter
This might seem like an obvious one to some, but the air filter is often overlooked when it comes to a car's maintenance. The engine air filter is responsible for filtering out dust and debris before they reach your car's engine, which can cause damage if left unchecked. It's best to change these filters once every three months or 3k miles (5k km), whichever comes first.
The choice of the correct air filter will depend on the type of vehicle you drive, so be sure to check with your owner's manual or mechanic if you have any questions about this step in the process. If you've never changed an air filter before, here are some tips:
Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car. It lubricates and cools the transmission, allows gears to shift smoothly, and helps maintain a proper transmission temperature. The type of transmission fluid you use should be specified by the manufacturer (you can find this information in your vehicle's manual), but make sure it's appropriate for your type of car before purchasing.
You'll also want to check your transmission fluid regularly—at least once a year—to make sure that it hasn't gotten low or overheated due to excessive heat exposure; driving on rough roads; high temperatures during summer months; excessive idling time with air conditioners running on hot days; frequent short trips with frequent gear shifting during winter months when it's cold outside; or if you haven't driven for some time (for example: if you've just purchased your used car).
If there isn't enough liquid left inside your automatic transmission, then you'll need to add more right away! This is because without any oil at all moving through its various gears, they might get stuck together while trying to shift into gear which could cause damage not only within itself but throughout other parts too such as gearsets themselves being worn down from overuse/misuse over time due lack maintenance from drivers like yourself who didn't know how important regular maintenance really was until now...
Replace Your Wipers
It’s important to change your windshield wipers before the weather gets bad. Doing so can prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road during a storm, which could cost you more than just time and money. You should also keep an eye out for worn-out or cracked blades that need replacing. Make sure there aren't any pieces of debris stuck under your wiper blades too! If there is sharp glass or metal embedded in your windshield, it may cause irreparable damage to your car's paint job when it's driven over time. While we're talking about changing these things out: don't forget about cleaning off all that dirt accumulated on top of them this past winter while they were tucked away under the hood!
Fuel Filter Replacement
Fuel filters are relatively easy to replace, but it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions when doing so. Most fuel filters are located under the car, just behind the gas tank. If you have trouble finding your fuel filter, check with a mechanic or a parts store employee who can help you locate it.
To replace your fuel filter:
Change the Oil and Oil Filter
When it comes to changing your oil and oil filter, there are three main things you need to know: