Owner at Friendship Complete Automotive Care, LLC,
Summer is well known for its warm sunny weather and encourages vacation trips to enjoy that gorgeous outdoors. The travels and hot days change the care your vehicle needs to stay up and running smoothly. So, here are some essential things to keep in mind as you plan your summer.
Hot Weather Changes Your Auto’s Needs
• Fluids. The sun-drenched heat on your vehicle raises the temp of the interior and all the engine parts, especially as it is running. Make sure to have all the fluids checked regularly, especially the coolant, to help the engine run safely with protecting levels. Also, check the hoses and belts for any heat deterioration during the sweatiest months.
• Battery. Another item to check is the battery. The rising temperature can cause battery fluid to begin evaporating over time, leaving residue on the connections and terminals. Double check the battery regularly and clean up all the contact points with a wire brush to keep them clean.
• Tires. Tires also need regular checks as the summer swelter changes the flexibility of the tires, leaving them in need of some pressure reduction to help your tires stay strong. Be cautious about reducing the tire pressure too much as this can cause a blowout as they overheat during a long ride on smoldering roads. If you are planning a lengthy journey, consider the life expectancy and possible replacement of your tires to make sure you have safekeeping for all of those in the vehicle.
Vacation Travels Require Extra Attention
Do you have a road travel vacation planned for this summer? If you do, then definitely be prepared. Make sure to have your vehicle checked before you head out to make sure everything is safe and ready to go.
• Air-Conditioning. Something worth testing for your comfort is your vehicle’s air-conditioning system as you prepare for your trip. Keeping the interior of your vehicle cool helps all of you stay safe from over-heating during the drive.
• Dashboard Shield. Another item to consider when discussing the interior temperature is a protection to be placed over the dash in the windshield while parked. The warmth directed at the inside of your car causes some damage to its dashboard, and it builds over time in the direct sunlight.
• Wipers. As you travel, rain can be so relieving, but also stressful as you are driving on the roads with the intense rain pouring with some storms. Before you begin your trip, replace your wipers to make sure you can keep that windshield clear. Older wipers can leave a streaky mess on your view and make it difficult to drive in the rain.
• Air Filters. The fall leaves, and spring pollen can clog different areas of drainage or filtration. You can change or clean the air filters yourself or check with your auto technician to make sure the air filters in the engine and possible interior filters are clean and clear. This minor change keeps you and your family’s comfort and allergies under control as you travel.
• Tools. Stock your vehicle with adequate tools and make sure you have a program for towing assistance, just in case you break down on the road. Some important items to keep on hand include a portable jack, a set of wrenches, flashlights, and reflectors.
• Health & Safety. Finally, keep a good stock of water and quality snacks to keep everyone hydrated during the trip and if your vehicle does break down. Sometimes the road assistance can take time to arrive. Your health is just as essential as your vehicle’s health during the intensity of the summer’s sunlight.
Have a fantastic summer this year with some fun vacations! Give us a call at Friendship Complete Automotive Care to get your car ready for your vacation trip. We look forward to working with you!