It’s important to take care of your vehicle all year long, but summer brings with it some unique needs and challenges. The hot weather can really put your vehicle through its paces, and without the right upkeep, you may run into issues with the engine, the tires, the battery, and beyond.

Of course, the best thing you can do for your vehicle is to stay on top of routine maintenance, no matter the time of year. If you’re overdue for car service, contact our technicians at Jack Daniels Volkswagen today.

How to Care for Your Car This Summer

Stay on Top of Your Routine Oil Change

Oil plays a critical role in preventing your engine from overheating. That’s important throughout the year, but especially when the weather turns balmy. To make sure your engine oil is doing its job, check your oil level once a month, using the dipstick. If your oil level is low, or if the oil appears dirty or dark, bring your vehicle in for an oil change.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

When you drive on underinflated tires, it can cause problems — and again, those problems are exacerbated when it’s hot outside, heightening the risk of damage to your tires or wheels. Once a month, check your tire pressure level, ensuring it meets the manufacturer-recommended psi level. You can find this information in your owner’s manual or ask your service technician.

Double Check Your Battery

Summer is a prime season for battery failure. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is the heat, which forces your battery to work overtime, and the other is internal friction. You can’t do much about the heat, but you can minimize friction by making sure your battery is mounted tightly. If you’ve never handled an engine battery before, make sure you proceed carefully, and enlist the help of a service technician if you’re unsure. 

Get Volkswagen Car Service in Fair Lawn, NJ

Take care of your car and it will take care of you. That’s true no matter the season. To ask a question about Volkswagen upkeep, or to schedule a service appointment, contact the Jack Daniels team at your convenience.