When the heat starts to kick in, you’re rising AC bill may not be your only concern. The season is a great time to show off your classic car or take on a new restoration project, but is your wheeled treasure protected from the pitfalls that come with summer? Here are some of the most common summer car issues and how you can protect your vehicle from costly repairs:

  • A busted air conditioning unit -You love your car, but can you really stand to ride in it when the temperatures start to rise to 80 degrees or higher if the AC is out? Prevent the extreme temperatures from messing up things by cleaning out your coolant system at the beginning of the season. You can find a DIY kit from automotive parts places that will use a regular garden hose to flush out the system and leave your AC in top shape.
  • A car that won’t crank – Hot summer air really takes a toll on your car’s battery. Heat isn’t the only problem, though. If your battery is not securely installed, the vibrations may increase the deterioration of your battery’s life. Regularly clean your battery of corrosion and make sure it’s snug in its place to improve overall functionality.
  • Getting a flat tire – When the seasons change, it’s really important to check your tires for fluctuations in pressure. Under-inflated tires increase the chances of a blowout, so have your local dealership check out your pressure before getting out on the hot road this summer. Look in your owner’s manual – not on the side of your car’s tire – to determine the appropriate pressure for each tire.
  • Busted radiators. Newer radiators are made out of plastic and are more susceptible to damage. Clean out your radiator with a regular garden hose to remove debris and insects. Always wait until the car has cooled down before doing so to ensure that the extreme temperatures do not cause damage.
  • Sitting on the side of the road with your hood up. Overheating is even more common during the summer months. Regularly check all fluid levels, including oil and coolant, to make sure that your car won’t overheat when running consistently in high temperatures. Keep an eye on your temperature gauge, too. Pull over as soon as you start to see that needle rise to avoid potential damage and costly repairs.
  • Caked on bugs. Even when you’re not worried about the overall functioning of your car, bugs fly into your windshield and the front of your vehicle. Without proper care, dead bugs build up and, if you’re not careful, they will adhere to your vehicle’s exterior. Bugs are acidic and can ruin your car’s paint over time. Head over to the carwash frequently and use a bug removing solution to remove the difficult patches.

With some routine maintenance and general precautions, you can enjoy cruising around the beach or your hometown this summer with nothing to worry about. Your car will perform well and keep you cool wherever you go, though it may not do anything for that costly AC bill!