German cars – Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mini, Skoda, Seat, and Bentley – known for their precision engineering and performance, require specific care to ensure they operate at their best, especially during hot weather.

As the temperature rises and summer approaches, it's crucial to ensure your vehicle is ready for the hot days and road trips ahead.

Ensuring your vehicle is maintained properly and up to date with services and maintenance will prevent unexpected breakdowns and keep your car running smoothly throughout the year.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to getting your German vehicle summer-ready!

1. Check fluids

Summer heat can put extra stress on your vehicle's fluids. Ensure all fluid levels are adequate and consider replacing them if necessary.

Engine oil
Hot weather can cause oil to thin out, reducing its effectiveness. Check your owner's manual for the recommended oil type and consider using a high-performance synthetic oil that can withstand higher temperatures.

Coolant
The coolant system is crucial for preventing your engine from overheating. Check the coolant level and the condition of the hoses. If the coolant is dirty or hasn't been replaced in a while, consider a coolant flush.

Brake fluid
Heat can affect brake fluid performance. Ensure it is at the correct level and replace it if it's old or contaminated.

Windshield washer fluid
Bugs and dirt are more prevalent in the summer. Use a washer fluid that can effectively clean your windshield and handle the summer grime.

2. Inspect tyres

Tyres are critical for safe and efficient driving, especially in summer when road surfaces get extremely hot.

Tyre Pressure
Heat causes air in tyres to expand, so check and adjust tyre pressure regularly. Refer to your vehicle’s manual for the recommended pressure levels.

Tyre Tread
Ensure your tyres have adequate tread depth. Worn tyres can reduce traction and increase the risk of hydroplaning during summer thunderstorms. You can buy a simple

Alignment and Balance
Summer road trips can lead to uneven tyre wear if the alignment is off. Get your tyres checked and balanced to ensure a smooth ride.

3. Air Conditioning System

A working air conditioning system is essential to keep you cool during hot summer days.

Turn on your AC and ensure it blows cold air. If it takes a long time to cool or doesn't cool at all, you may need a refrigerant recharge or a more detailed inspection by a professional.

To avoid future issues, it's recommended to service your vehicle's air conditioning system regularly as well as keep your air conditioning turned on all year round.

4. Check battery

High temperatures can affect your car battery’s performance especially during hot months.Check your battery’s charge and overall condition and inspect the battery for any signs of corrosion on the terminals. If you need some help with checking your battery, then get in touch to arrange a visit. If your battery is more than three years old, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected failures.

5. Protect paintwork

The sun and heat can be very damaging to paintwork, so it's important to consider to take protective measures, especially during the summer months.

Park out of the sun
Parking in the shade or keeping your car in a garage is the easiest and cheapest form of protection.

Wash your vehicle regularly
Sun and heat can fade and crack your vehicles paintwork. Washing and hand drying with a chamois leather will remove dirt which can cause scratches and effect the finish.

Wax and Polishing
Waxes and polishes can help protect the paintwork from harmful ultra violet rays. The frequency will depend upon the product and the manufacturers guidelines, but on average, you should try and wax your car every three-six months.

6. Inspect Belts and Hoses

High temperatures can Heat can accelerate the wear and tear of rubber components and cause belts and hoses to deteriorate more quickly, leading to potential engine problems.
It's important to check or have your belts checked for signs of cracking, fraying, or glazing as it is important to replace any damaged belts or hoses before any long road trips.

7. Test Lights and Electrical Systems

Summer driving often involves long trips, so ensure all lights and electrical systems are functioning properly.

Headlights and Taillights
Check for proper operation and replace any burnt-out bulbs.

Turn Signals and Brake Lights
Ensure all signals are working correctly.

Electrical Systems
Test the operation of the car's electrical systems, including the horn, power windows, and mirrors.

8. Emergency Kit

It is important to take an emergency kit for summer conditions, especially if you are going on a road trip.

Useful essentials include:

  1. First aid kit
  2. Bottled water
  3. Food & snacks
  4. High visibility jacket and warning triangle
  5. Spare tyre, jack and pump
  6. Jump start cables (for non electric car)
  7. Spare clothes and a blanket
  8. Phone charger

Regular maintenance are key to enjoying a hassle-free summer. Looking after your vehicle can help ensure it remains reliable, safe, and enjoyable to drive throughout the summer months.

Remember, if you're unsure about any aspect of the maintenance process, then get in touch with our knowledgeable team of experts, who are here to help you.