Get Your Car Ready for Summer

summer maintenance

Don’t get stranded this summer – review this checklist of summer maintenance.

The heat, dust, and traffic of summer will do a number on any vehicle. If significant time has passed since your last scheduled service, the season of fun could bring with it an unwanted breakdown. You can prevent against most vehicle disasters with regularly scheduled summer maintenance. To get your car ready for summer, prepare it against this checklist.

Air Conditioner

An air conditioning system that has never seen service could well meet failure at the hands of summer’s exertions. At the very least, you should replace your air conditioning filter. Otherwise, get your air conditioner serviced with a certified technician.

Cooling System

The vast majority of summer breakdowns occur as a result of overheating. Ideally, you should get your coolant system flushed and refilled once every two years. As with your air conditioning service, this is another job you should leave with the pros.

Oil and Tires

In preparation for any big road trips, go ahead and get your oil changed. As for your tires, you should have them rotated every 5,000 miles to prevent against unnecessary wear and blowouts.


The last thing any traveler wants is a dead battery in the middle of nowhere. Again, preventative maintenance can serve you well here. Get your battery fully inspected before you begin any long trips.

Emergency Kit

Since summer brings with it more travel, you should prepare a kit for any possible emergencies. Go ahead and pack a blanket, first aid kit, and strong flashlight in your trunk. You will definitely thank yourself should the situation arise where you need these things.

For summer maintenance on German-made automobiles, do not hesitate to contact us at (805) 466-3236. At German Performance, we are the local experts for Atascadero and Paso Robles.