Month: October 2023

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

As the temperatures rise and the days grow longer, it’s time to prepare your car for the hot summer months ahead. At Autoplus WA, we understand the importance of keeping your vehicle in top shape to ensure a safe and comfortable summer driving experience.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist of things to look out for as we roll into summer.

1. Cooling System Check:

The cooling system is crucial during the summer to prevent your engine from overheating. Check the coolant level and inspect hoses for any signs of leaks or damage. If the coolant is dirty or hasn’t been changed in a while, consider a flush and refill.

2. Air Conditioning Inspection:

Don’t wait until the first scorching day to discover your AC isn’t working. Test your air conditioning system to make sure it’s blowing cold air. If you notice weak airflow or warm air, it may need servicing or a refrigerant recharge.

3. Tyre Maintenance:

Hot pavement can be tough on your tires. Inspect the tread depth, look for signs of uneven wear, and ensure your tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Don’t forget to check your spare tyre as well.

4. Battery Health:

High temperatures can accelerate battery fluid evaporation, leading to battery failure. Have your battery tested to ensure it’s in good condition and clean any corrosion from the terminals.

5. Brake Inspection:

Reliable brakes are essential year-round, but especially when you need to stop quickly on hot roads. Have your brake pads and rotors inspected for wear and tear, and make sure the brake fluid is at the correct level.

6. Oil Change:

Regular oil changes are vital for engine health. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval, and if you’re due, make an appointment. Fresh oil helps keep your engine running smoothly in the heat.

7. Windshield and Wipers:

Visibility is critical for safe driving. Inspect your windshield for any cracks or chips and replace worn-out wiper blades. Fill up your windshield washer fluid reservoir to ensure you can keep your windshield clean on dusty summer roads.

8. Air Filter Replacement:

A clogged air filter can reduce engine efficiency and air conditioning performance. Replace it if it’s dirty, and consider upgrading to a high-performance filter for better airflow.

9. Check the Belts and Hoses:

Inspect your engine belts and hoses for signs of wear, such as cracks, fraying, or soft spots. Replacing worn components can prevent breakdowns during hot weather.

10. Clean and Wax:

Give your car a thorough wash and wax to protect the paint from the sun’s UV rays and keep it looking its best. Don’t forget to clean the interior as well, as hot weather can cause materials to deteriorate faster.


By following this summer car maintenance checklist, you can ensure that your vehicle is ready to handle the challenges of the hot months ahead. Regular maintenance not only prolongs the life of your car but also enhances safety and performance.

If you need assistance with any of these tasks or have concerns about your vehicle’s readiness for summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Autoplus WA. We’re here to help you enjoy a worry-free and comfortable summer on the road. Stay safe and happy driving!