De-winterizing Your Vehicle

April 28th, 2015 by

ToyotaNow that winter is finally coming to an end, this is the optimal time to start preparing your car for those hot summer months so that it functions as its best. De-winterizing your car is the process of checking up on your vitals that are needed the most during the warmer season, and you will want to make sure that everything is in order before the final ice melts. There are a lot of things that cars use during the winter that are generally unnecessary and can be removed or switched out for something more appropriate, such as snow tires for regular tires.

Not only does de-winterizing a car make your ride a safer means of travel, but it can also make things much more comfortable for long summer vacation road trips or just everyday driving.

Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Car for Summer

During the winter in most places, people don’t generally worry about noticing if their air conditioning unit is working. That’s why before you decide to turn off the heat for good and bring in the cooler air it is essential to check if there is enough coolant in the car. It can be a nasty surprise to start driving somewhere on the first hot day of the year only to find that warm air is coming through the vents.

Here are some of the things you can do to get ready for driving in the summer:

  1. Check the levels of the windshield fluid
  2. Take off the heavy duty snow tires
  3. Change the oil for a fresh start
  4. Test the air conditioning unit for functionality
  5. Clean the air filter to get rid of particles and debris

You can do the majority of these things yourself, but it wouldn’t hurt to take it into the dealership for a tune up done by the experts. Cars can get endure some harsh circumstances during the colder months, and oftentimes people don’t realize how much wear and tear their vehicles go through.

If you are capable of doing your own car check ups and testing correctly, it can also save you some cash in the end. There are many products on the shelf that allow you to do so, and your owner’s manual would be a good reference for such maintenance too. However, consulting your technician at your dealership or local garage is always a viable option if you are not familiar with how to do some of these tasks.

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