Having an Efficient Car on Summer Road Trips

 

Those who neglect to maintain their cars may end up doing more harm than good for them. In the summer and the heat, your vehicle can have an unexpected breakdown. You will want to make sure that you bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance. If there is an issue, we can alert you to it before it becomes worse.

Check the Fluids

Engine coolant, or antifreeze, is one of the most important fluids to check during summer. A car’s engine gets extremely hot. Keeping coolant levels high can help reduce the heat of the vehicle this summer. By making sure that the fluid levels are at the correct mark designated on the reservoir, you can help keep your vehicle operating efficiently. If you have to fill up a fluid level often, it could be an indication there is a leak somewhere in the system.

Battery

Heat and vibrations can decrease the efficiency and effectiveness of the battery. Hot conditions alone can wear out a car battery faster than normal. Make sure that the battery is installed securely in order to reduce vibration. Also check for terminal corrosion that might be on the battery. The heat can cause corrosion build-up. If this is ignored, it can result in connection issues. If your battery is older than three years, think about buying a replacement. You can also get your current battery checked to see how much longer it will last.

Belts & Hoses

Belts and hoses are quite crucial when talking about preventative maintenance. The belts and hoses can crack due to the high heat that summer brings. If you are not sure if the belts and hoses are in the best condition, schedule an appointment with us. We can inspect the parts of the vehicle to ensure that they working efficiently with one another.

Tire Pressure Amount

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Summer heat will expand the air in your tires. Make sure to check the air levels in the tires on a regular basis. Check your vehicle’s manual to find out how to inflate or deflate their tires. You can also check optimal pressure on the inside doorjamb of the driver’s door.

Air Conditioning

You will also want to stay cool and comfortable as you drive. This means checking the air conditioner to make sure that it is working efficiently. If you notice the air is not as cool as it used to be, the Freon may need to be recharged. Bring the vehicle in, and we can do that for you.