Vehicle Maintenance Tips For Summer
Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape and prepared for the heat. Hot weather can be tough on cars. High temperatures cause fluids and lubricants to break down more quickly and speed up the normal wear and tear of your vehicle. Some simple preventative measures can save you time and money and ensure that your trip isn’t cut short because of a broken-down car.
Consider a pre-trip inspection by a professional service technician before you leave. Any repairs that need to be made can be done before you leave, rather than once you’re already on the road.
Check the air conditioning system and inspect the belts and hoses. A service technician can inspect the entire system to ensure it is working properly and won’t stop working in the middle of your road trip.
Inspect the battery and the connection cables for corrosion and cracks. The warmer temperatures can shorten a battery’s life, so determine if it needs to be replaced by having it tested.
Check all tires, including the spare, for inflation and proper air pressure. Tires that are inflated correctly can help you get maximum fuel efficiency. Examine the tires for excessive wear. Uneven tread wear is a sign to have a tire rotation or replacement.
Inspect your car’s air filters. A dirty air filter can lower gas mileage and reduce engine performance. Change the air filters according to the specifications of the owner’s manual and at intervals suggested by the manufacturer.
Perform and oil change and replace the filter. Most service technicians will also check the other fluids, including the coolant, transmission, power steering, brake and windshield wiper fluids, during this procedure.
Have your brakes tested. A licensed brake adjuster should inspect your brake pads and linings for wear.
A service professional should also inspect the radiator and other parts of the engine cooling system, including the pressure cap, belts and hoses.
Check your windshield wiper blades for wear. Cracked and brittle wiper blades should be replaced. Being caught in the rain with inadequate wipers is extremely frustrating and hazardous, so replacing them before your trip can save you the headache.
If your car’s check engine light is lit, have a professional diagnose the problem before you leave. This light alerts the driver to some sort of malfunction, so having it checked out and remedied before a long trip would be wise.
If you follow these relatively inexpensive preventative measures for vehicle maintenance, you can keep your summer vacation on track and your car running smoothly. You can concentrate on enjoying your vacation instead of worrying whether your car will make it back.