Summer is in full swing here in Alpena, MI, and keeping your car cool in the heat is becoming more and more difficult. Whether you have a brand new 2019 Ford F-150 or a used Ford Focus, all vehicles are susceptible to damage in extreme heat, which is why summer car maintenance is essential. Here at Dean Arbour Ford Lincoln, we know how the summer heat can affect your car, so we want to give you our best tips for keeping your car running smoothly all summer long.

Monitor Coolant Levels

You should constantly check your engine’s coolant levels during the summer. Coolant keeps your engine from overheating, but extreme heat can cause it to evaporate. It’s important to regularly check your coolant reservoir and coolant hose to ensure that you have enough fluid and that your hose is free from any cracks or leaks.

Top Off Fluids

In addition to monitoring your coolant levels, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the other fluids inside your vehicle, like your oil, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. You should change your oil every six months or so, or every 5,000 miles. If you notice that it’s time for an oil change, be sure to schedule a service appointment with us today. Our expert technicians can also inspect other areas of your car to ensure everything is running properly. 

Check Tire Pressure

Hot temperatures can affect specific areas of your vehicle, particularly your tires. As temperatures fluctuate, so do your tire’s inflation levels. It’s important to check your tire pressure constantly throughout the summer, especially during heat waves. Deflated or over-inflated tires can impede your vehicle’s steering and handling on the road, as well as your gas mileage.

When it comes to summer car maintenance, a little work goes a long way and will keep you and your passengers safe. If you live in the Ossineke, MI area and need any type of Ford service, feel free to stop by our service center today.