With the winter cold long gone and the summer sun right around the corner, now is the perfect time to refresh your Volvo and get it ready for the coming season. Winter's lower temperatures and excess road debris can be tough on your ride, and the heat of the summer poses its own problems. With these car care tips, you can enjoy comfortable and hassle-free motoring all summer long.

  • Change the Oil: Oil and filter changes are the cornerstone of a proper maintenance routine. Oil lubricates fast-moving metal parts and keeps the engine at a safe temperature, but it also removes contaminants by carrying them to the filter. Oil works harder in frigid temps, and the messy conditions can cause more particles to build up in the oil than usual. Give your engine a fresh start with an oil and filter change.

  • Change Wiper Blades: Cold weather can cause the rubber on the wiper blades to become brittle, severely affecting their water clearing ability. Make sure you're ready for the summer downpours with a fresh pair of wiper blades.

  • Clean or Replace the Air Filter: Driving in messy winter conditions can cause the air filter to fill up and clog. Have the filter cleaned or replaced so that it's ready to take on the summer's excess dust and pollen.

  • Inspect Tires: Ensure your tires are properly inflated and have an adequate tread. You can verify this by sticking a penny head-first into the tread. If it doesn't cover the top of Lincoln's head, it's time for a replacement. It's also a good idea to rotate your tires at every oil change to promote even wear and prolong tire life.

  • Test the A/C: This should go without saying. The summer heat can be uncomfortable, to say the least. Without air-conditioning, it can be unbearable and even dangerous. Have a mechanic check you're A/C system to ensure maximum airflow and adequate refrigerant levels.

  • Check the Radiator: Your engine needs to be able to dissipate heat to operate safely and efficiently. With the added heat of summer, this is especially important. A mechanic can check for corrosion and other damage and ensure the coolant flows without hindrance.

  • Wash, Wax, and Detail: Messy winter driving does a number on all areas of your car, especially its appearance. In addition to restoring it to its original shine, regular washes ensure excess dirt and dust don't wear away at the topcoat, leaving it susceptible to oxidation. A neat and clean interior is key to a more enjoyable driving experience.

Schedule Volvo Maintenance near Collingswood, Haddonfield, and Laurel Township

If you'd like to schedule an appointment or have questions about your Volvo model's recommended service and maintenance, contact the service center at Cherry Hill Volvo at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you. Whether you need routine maintenance or an unexpected repair, we'll have you safely on your way as quickly as possible.

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