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Many car owners scrupulously prepare their car only for winter, believing that the car will survive the warm season without any particular difficulties. Nevertheless, this is a delusion, since in the summer in the operation of a vehicle there are nuances and features that cannot be written off.
Of course, it’s worth starting with diagnostics. You should start with the body. You also need to pay attention to the chassis, braking system. In particular, pads and shock absorbers, which tend to fail just after winter, and make wheel alignment. In general, given that November-March is considered a period of increased load for a car, it is advisable to replace the main fluids (oils, antifreeze, pour a summer glass washer), as well as filters (oil, air) before summer. It will not be superfluous to check the battery, as well as the candles. If their condition is deplorable – also replace.
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The choice of summer tires is an equally important nuance. Some drivers believe that it is possible to “shift” only the drive wheels, leaving the other two winter tires. But this is a mistake. Firstly, due to the different type of rubber, the load distribution on the suspension is uneven, and it wears out more. Secondly, depending on the season, tires have different performance characteristics, as a result of which winter tires wear out more in summer, otherwise they react to “positive” temperatures, which can eventually lead to an accident. Among other things, there is a misconception that in the summer you can ride on “bald” wheels. They say that the roads are not slippery, and the condition of the rubber will not affect the braking distance. Alas, in practice, everything is different, and especially in rainy weather, worn tires can lead to irreparable consequences.
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Cleanliness is the key to health!
There is no need to neglect the general cleaning of the car after winter. Thoroughly wash the body and polish it (preferably with hard wax, which partially eliminates minor scratches and chips), remove dirt from the bottom, reducing the risk of corrosion, and do not forget about washing the engine compartment. True, this manipulation must be carried out on a proven car wash in order to avoid damage to the electronics and flooding the engine with water. In addition, it is worth carefully vacuuming the interior, checking how the metal behaves under the door cards and door sills and pillars (is it rusted?), Clean the seat upholstery and dry the floor covering if it is damp. By the way, it does not hurt to lubricate the locks and check the condition of the rubber pads, which tend to crack due to temperature differences.
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We breathe freely
The car’s climate system also needs regular cleaning (at least once 2-3 years), and especially after winter, during which, due to high humidity outside the window, mold can form, dampness and even rotting of some spare parts (for example, the cabin filter) can occur. It is also possible that you will have to additionally rinse and clean the radiator, which accumulates a lot of dirt and significantly affects the cooling. In addition, the refrigerant must be periodically changed in the air conditioner, otherwise the climate control will work at its limit, and may fail, which will result in expensive repairs