Summer Car Maintenance Tips from Lenstoler Dodge Chrysler Jeep.
Summer time is best for going on road trips – it gives you a chance to beat the heat where you reside and spend quality time with loved ones. If you take your own car, then scheduling a maintenance session is a must.
Get the oil and oil filter changed
This is particularly important if your last oil change was awhile ago, because intense weather conditions of any kind (wet, hot, or cold) can put extra demands on the oil and oil filter. The oil works to keep your engine parts lubricated while the filter works to capture harmful debris, dirt, and metal fragments that have finagled their way into the oil system. Cleaner oil means a healthier and more efficient engine.
Check fluid levels
Seasonal weather changes can lead to low transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and even windshield wiper fluid so it is best to check everything. Coolant fluid, in particular, is an especially important one to keep an eye before the heat of the season. Get a professional to perform thorough checks on your vehicle fluids.
Keep an eye on tire pressure
Between hitting hidden potholes and dealing with difficult road conditions, your tires require a good check-up. The truth is, tires lose or gain pressure daily depending on the outside temperature. All tires, including the spare should be inflated properly before you hit the road – tires with low air pressure tend to wear out quickly.
If your car pulls to one side, the steering wheel vibrates, or the steering wheel isn’t centered when you are driving straight, it is time to get your vehicle’s alignment checked out. Alignment can be thrown off by general wear and tear, as well as run-ins with rough roads, potholes, and curbs. Proper alignment can help extend the life of your tires, make for a smoother ride, and even save you a few bucks on gas. A quick check-up can let you know if your car is due for an alignment service.
Test the battery
Summer heat causes the rate of fluid loss to go up drastically, which results in the oxidation of battery components. If the battery suddenly goes dead, you might be stranded on the roadside without warning. Getting the battery inspected is a must to ensure everything is working as it should be.
Take your car to a body shop and get it checked regularly to avoid maintenance issues.
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