As the summer sun begins to blaze, it’s crucial that your vehicle is ready to handle the heat. At Wally’s Precision Auto Care, we understand how important it is for your car to be in top shape, especially during extreme weather conditions. With over 40 years of experience serving the southern Nevada community, we’ve gathered some essential tips to help you prepare your car for the summer heat. 

Seize the summer with your family road trips. Just don’t let an unmaintained car get in the way of your plans! Here’s what you need to know to keep a healthy awareness of your vehicle’s strength for the summer miles ahead. Let’s keep your drives smooth and your vacations worry-free.

1. Regular Maintenance

The cornerstone of a well-functioning vehicle is regular maintenance. Before the temperatures soar, make sure your car’s maintenance is up to date. This includes oil services, filter changes, and routine inspections. Our team of expert mechanics can perform comprehensive check-ups to ensure everything is in order.

Why Maintenance Matters

Regular maintenance helps prevent unexpected breakdowns and extends the life of your vehicle. It ensures that all automotive systems are operating efficiently, which is particularly important during extreme heat when your car is under additional stress.

2. Tire Pressure and Condition

High temperatures can cause the air inside your tires to expand, leading to over-inflation. Also, under-inflated tires can overheat, increasing the risk of blowouts. Therefore, it’s critical to regularly check your tire pressure during the summer months.

Checking Tire Pressure

  1. Locate the recommended tire pressure: This information can usually be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door.
  2. Use a tire pressure gauge: Remove the valve cap from one tire and press the gauge onto the valve stem. The gauge will display the current tire pressure.
  3. Adjust the pressure as needed: If the tire is overinflated, release some air until it reaches the recommended level. If it’s under-inflated, add air until the desired pressure is achieved.

Inspecting Tire Condition

Examine your tires for any cracks, bulges, or signs of wear. Cracked or worn tires can be dangerous, especially in high heat. If you notice any issues get them checked out. It’s best to replace the tires before embarking on long summer trips.

3. Fluids Check

Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle, and they play a vital role in keeping it cool. Frequent visits at Wally’s Precision Auto Care ensures regular checking and maintaining fluid levels. 

The first three fluids listed below will always be labeled under your vehicle’s hood, and we check these are in good condition, keeping your car clear of overheating. 

Essential Fluids Considered

  • Engine Oil: Ensure the oil level is adequate and that it is clean. Old, dirty oil can cause overheating and engine damage.
  • Coolant: This fluid prevents your engine from overheating. It’s essential to check this regularly, especially during summer months when temperatures are high.
  • Brake Fluid: This fluid is responsible for transferring hydraulic pressure from the brake pedal to the brakes.  Ensure that it is at an adequate level, clean, and free of moisture.
  • Transmission Fluid: This fluid helps keep your transmission lubricated and cool. Check your owner’s manual or call your local mechanic for instructions on how often it should be replaced. Keep in mind we’re happy to help take care of this step for you!


How to Check Your Oil

  1. Park on a level surface and turn off the engine.
  2. Pull out the dipstick: Wipe it clean with a rag, reinsert it fully, and then pull it out again.
  3. Check the oil level: The oil should be between the two marks on the dipstick. If it’s low, add the appropriate type of oil.
  4. Inspect the oil’s color: Fresh oil is typically amber. If the oil is dark or has particles in it, it might be time for an oil change.

4. Air Conditioning System

A functional air conditioning system is essential for comfort during the summer. However, it also plays a crucial role in preventing your engine from overheating by helping regulate the overall temperature within the vehicle.

Checking the A/C System

  1. Test the A/C: Turn on your air conditioning and ensure it’s blowing cold air. If it’s not, there may be an issue with the refrigerant level or the A/C system itself. Problems with your A/C will often start gradually, so the best way to test is when it is hot! Do so prior to travel so you catch it before you’re far from home.
  2. Get a professional inspection: If your A/C isn’t performing optimally, our team at Wally’s Precision Auto Care can conduct a thorough inspection and service to ensure it works efficiently throughout the summer.

Summer storms can be sudden and intense. Ensuring your windshield wipers are in good condition is essential for maintaining visibility during heavy rain.

Inspecting Windshield Wipers

  1. Check for wear: Look for any signs of cracking or tearing on the wiper blades.
  2. Test the wipers: Turn on the wipers and spray washer fluid to see if they effectively clear the windshield.
  3. Replace if necessary: If the wipers aren’t performing well, replace them to ensure clear visibility in any weather.

Preparing your car for extreme heat involves a series of checks and maintenance tasks that ensure safety and reliability. At Wally’s Precision Auto Care, we’re committed to providing top-notch service to help your vehicle withstand the summer heat. 

We know that not everyone has the tools or expertise to perform an in-depth check of their vehicle, but if you keep a simple awareness of how these areas should be performing, you will know when something is off and action is needed. 

Our team is here to support you and your vehicle’s needs this summer. From routine maintenance to specialized services for Honda, Acura, Toyota, and Lexus vehicles, we’re your trusted partner in vehicle care. 

If you ever have questions or need more information, give us a call at 702-871-7310, or schedule an appointment online anytime.  Let’s make this summer a great one on the road!

Vehicle inspections and regular oil changes are our bread and butter. Not only that, we know the ins and outs of your vehicle. The non-dealer, Independent Wally’s Precision Auto Care provides high-quality service at fair prices for Honda, Toyota, Lexus, and Acura vehicles in Las Vegas, Nevada

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