Driving your new Mazda off the lot at Brown’s Chantilly Mazda can be an exhilarating experience, but keeping that feeling requires a little car care, particularly during these hot summer months. Summer car maintenance can help to ensure your car looks great, stays comfortable, and drives reliably every day. Here are a few tips for maintaining your new or used Mazda during the summer.
Keeping Your Battery Charged
One of your vehicle’s components to pay close attention to during the summer heat is your battery. As temperatures rise under your hood, battery fluid can actually evaporate from your battery, causing it to prematurely die. A simple solution is to park your Mazda in the shade or in a garage to reduce heat buildup. Have your battery inspected at your Mazda dealership to ensure it is charging properly at the correct rate.
Maintaining Your Cooling System
To keep your vehicle from overheating, check on your Mazda’s cooling system regularly. Coolant can evaporate from your radiator naturally and will need to be flushed and replenished annually. Check coolant levels more often during the summer to make sure they aren’t too low. Keeping a jug of 50:50 pre-mixed coolant in your garage is helpful for occasional top-offs.
Monitoring Tire Pressure
Finally, make sure that your tires are always properly inflated. Tire pressure is very sensitive to changes in the driving environment and outdoor temperature and can fluctuate up to two PSI for every 10 degree increase in temperature. If you’re driving on particularly hot roads or for long distances, this number can be even higher. Bring your Mazda in to your local Chantilly dealership to have your tire pressure and health checked before your next summer road trip to make sure they’re properly inflated and in good condition!
For all of your summer maintenance needs, visit Brown’s Chantilly Mazda. Our factory trained Mazda repair technicians are ready to prepare your new or used Mazda for summer driving. Call (888) 612-1062 to make an appointment today.