8 Car Maintenance Tips To Beat The Summer Heat

Summer is in full swing, and that means scorching temperatures, long road trips, and plenty of adventures under the sun. While you're busy planning your next beach getaway or game drive, don't forget to give your trusty vehicle some TLC too. The heat can be tough on your car, but a little preventive car maintenance goes a long way.

Below are some of our top car maintenance tips for summer:

  • Check the cooling system: Your car's cooling system is your best friend in the heat. Ensure it's in top shape by checking coolant levels and inspecting hoses for cracks and leaks. 
  • Radiator maintenance: Inspect the radiator for debris or dirt that might block airflow. A clean radiator is an efficient radiator.
  • Replace the thermostat: If your engine tends to overheat, a faulty thermostat could be the culprit. A quick replacement can save you from an overheated engine.


  • Check the A/C System: No one wants to swelter in a hot car. If your aircon is not blowing cold air, have it serviced or recharged.
  • Clean or replace the cabin air filter: A clean cabin air filter ensures your A/C system works efficiently, providing you with fresh, cool air. A Service Plan through MotorHappy includes the replacement of air filters and pollen filters. Click here to get a quote, so you can budget for the cost of your car services with affordable monthly payments. 


  • Inspect Tyre Pressure: Hot weather can cause tyre pressure to rise, leading to blowouts. Check your tyre pressure regularly and maintain it within the manufacturer's recommended range. (You can find a guideline on the inside of your driver’s door.)
  • Tread depth: Examine your tyre tread. Worn-out tyres are damaged easily and will have reduced traction on hot tar roads. If the tread is low, consider replacing your tyres.


  • Use a windshield sunshade: When parked, use a sunshade to keep your car's interior cooler, preventing damage to your dashboard and seats.
  • Regularly apply UV protectant: Protect your car's interior from the harsh sun by applying a UV protectant to the dashboard, seats, and other exposed surfaces.


  • Inspect all fluid levels: Ensure your oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid are at the proper levels. The heat can cause fluids to evaporate more quickly.


  • Check battery connections: Examine the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if needed. High temperatures can accelerate battery fluid evaporation.
  • Test the battery: If your battery is more than three years old, have it tested to ensure it can handle the extra strain of summer driving.


  • Brake pads: Check your brake pads for wear and tear because the heat can be hard on your brakes.


  • Schedule a summer check-up: If you're not comfortable performing these checks yourself, take your car to a trusted mechanic for a comprehensive summer maintenance check. This is especially important if you’re planning any road trips this summer. Don’t leave car care to the last minute and give yourself enough time (and budget) to ensure your car is safe for the road.


Remember, taking care of your car in the summer isn't just about keeping it looking good; it's about keeping it running smoothly and ensuring your safety on the road. Safe travels and enjoy your sun-soaked adventures!

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