Summer temperatures and driving conditions can take a toll on your vehicle, and this puts you at risk of being stranded just when you depend on your car, truck, or SUV the most.
Summer Car Maintenance Tips
If you’re like most of us in the Treasure Valley, you have already started to feel the heat. Your vehicle has too! So what can you do to help ensure that all your vehicle’s systems and components stay summer-ready and available for whatever road trips or adventures you have planned?
Don’t delay that oil change any longer
Make sure you have your oil and oil filter changed, by a car-care expert who knows the correct oil type and weight for your car and at intervals, it needs to be changed. Clean oil and a clean filter are essential to maintaining the operating life of your engine and keeping it cool during the summer months.
monitor your tires (and Tire Pressure)
Temperature fluctuations, hot pavement, and the longer hours on the road can all have an impact on the life of your tires. Make sure that you have the tire pressure checked and adjusted if need be, as well as your tread-depth or any other issues that may have arisen prior to setting out to conquer the open road.
Have your fluids checked
With special attention paid to your coolant levels, make sure to have all the vital fluids that your vehicle depends on to run reliably checked by a professional. Fluids that may need to be checked include your brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, refrigerant for your A/C, and more. Even running out of windshield washer fluid can be a real pain when you’re on the road, so have them all checked and filled today.
Have your battery tested
Many drivers may not be aware that the summer months are even harder on your battery than winter ones. Evaporation and oxidation both have a big impact on your battery, and can cause a total failure that can leave you stranded. Make sure that you have your battery tested by a car care expert to avoid any surprises down the road.
Stop-and-go driving and heat can really put your brakes through their paces. And since nothing is more important than safely stopping, make sure that you have your brakes and their related components checked and serviced. Especially if they are making noise, if you feel any strange sensations, or if they just don’t feel right, get your vehicle in to be serviced as soon as possible.
Get everything straightened out
If your car is pulling to one side, the steering wheel vibrates, or is off-center you may have an alignment issue. When your alignment is off, it can impact your steering, braking, fuel economy, as well as the life of your tires. Now is a great time to get your alignment checked and corrected, just in time for that epic summer road trip.
The safety and reliability of your vehicle is something that you should take very seriously, not just during the summer months, but all year long. And that means, don’t trust your car care needs to just anyone.
If you are getting ready to hit the road and are in need of expert car care, Naylor’s provides full-service auto repair and preventative maintenance for everything that you drive.