To extend the life of your vehicle and prevent problems before they start, prioritize summer maintenance before the seasons change. Nothing is worse than dealing with a problem on the side of the road in the middle of the summer heat. By keeping up with routine maintenance, you can save yourself hassle and money.
To combat rising temperatures, you are likely running the air conditioner in your car at full blast. Doing so can tax your fluid reserves, so make sure to check all fluids in your engine including antifreeze levels. Other levels to check include those of transmission and power steering fluids.
Changing your oil at the intervals suggested by the manufacturer of your vehicle keeps your engine operating in peak conditions. Driving during the summer can really increase the wear and tear on your engine, so consistently changing your oil can prevent the damage that occurs with frequent driving.
During the summer, families often spend more time on the road than ever to visit relatives and go on vacation. Avoid the experience of changing a tire in the middle of nowhere with an inspection. Checking your spare is also important, just in case you run over a nail or get a flat in some other way.
As part of your maintenance program, consider taking your car to a mechanic for a brake check. You may need new brake pads, or a check could simply give you the peace of mind to know you are protected in cases where you need to stop suddenly.
Hoses and Air Filters
Checking your hoses for leaks and cracks can prevent fluid loss and find issues before they cause costly damage to your engine. The loss of fluid through a leaking hose can lead to your vehicle overheating. Another thing to check as part of your summer maintenance routine is the state of your car’s air filter. After a long winter, the filer may be dirty and need to be replaced. Many dealerships offer maintenance services at in-house repair shops to customers, so call Edwards Garage today to schedule an inspection.