Summer auto maintenance
You’ve got your sun tan lotion, a giant cooler and three good novels loaded in your Kindle. You’re ready for a summer road trip. You may be prepared, but are you up to date on your summer auto maintenance? Make sure to go over this list with your vehicle before you leave on your long trip.
Oil Change and Oil levels: Always change your oils at the recommended oil change mileages for your vehicle. As your oil gets older it starts to break down and lose it’s ability fully lubricate your engines moving parts. This could cause major internal damage to your engine. So make sure to check your oil level for proper lubrication as well as the ground for any leaks that would need to be addressed before your long journey.
Radiator Flush: Over time radiator fluid can break down and start to corrode the inside of your radiator. This can lead to overheating and the need for radiator repair. A radiator flush once a year is cheap insurance against costly engine repairs.
Replace Your Air Filter: You should replace your air filter twice a year. This keeps your engine healthy and breathing clean air.
Tire Checks: Summer traveling could mean driving long distances in different weather conditions. The tread and tire pressure on your tires must be adequate for both rainy and dry conditions. Checking over your tires takes a couple of minutes and could keep you safe on your journey.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers: Northern weather can take a toll on your windshield wipers. Replace them if you see any streaks occur or shuttering begin to happen.
Inspect Your Brakes: It’s a good idea to inspect your brakes and check your brake fluid twice a year just to be sure everything is working properly. Brakes should always be a top priority.
Check Your Battery: Extreme heat and corrosion from humidity can take its toll on a car battery. Get your battery strength test checked as well as your battery posts and cables to ensure you will have no starting problems
on long trips.
Check Your Headlights: Sometimes you don’t notice that you have a bulb out. Now is a good time to take a look to see if you need to replace a headlight bulb. Not only is it unsafe to drive with one headlight but you could also wind up
with a ticket!