Keeping Cool in the Summer

 

Keeping your vehicle cool during the summer months is important. You will want to make sure that the coolant levels are always topped off. If you notice that the reservoir has a lower amount in it, there could be a leak in the vehicle somewhere. You will want to always check that each fluid reservoir is topped off and to the correct amount. This even includes the oil of the vehicle. It is always recommended to bring your vehicle in for the proper maintenance schedule. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, or we can advise on when the schedule should be. If there is an issue between appointments, make sure to contact us.

 

Besides keeping your car cool, you will also want to keep a cool head. Remember to drive with caution and safety. You will want to leave at least three car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you as you drive. This will allow you enough time to brake and stop incase they slam on the brakes. Also drive the speed limit. This will help you to maintain the best control of your vehicle. If someone cuts in front of you, remember to keep calm and drive safely and efficiently. This will help prevent an accident by staying calm. You will always want to avoid road rage.

 

The cabin of the vehicle should also be comfortable and cool for everyone. Check the air conditioner to ensure that it is working, and that all speeds of the fan are as well. If you notice that the air is no longer cool when blowing out, you will want to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect and test the air conditioner for you. Keeping your vehicle cool and comfortable will also help keep you and your passengers comfortable as well.

What Dashboard Warning Lights Mean

 

 


Check Engine Light

 

This is one of the more difficult lights to locate the issue of. This is connected to sensors all over the vehicle. It includes the engine, fuel, and emissions systems as well. When the light illuminates, it could mean one of several things. First, check the gas cap. Most vehicles have a pressurized fuel system and vapor recovery loop. If you do not twist the gas cap until it clicks, the fuel system is not sealed. This will not allow it to pressurize correctly. It will then result in the light coming on. If you check the gas cap and the light still stays on, bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect the issue for you.

 

 

Service Vehicle Soon

The service engine light may come on if you have lighting or other electrical issues. Check all the lights. This should include the head lights, brake lights, and turn signals. Sometimes this light will also come on if there is a traction issue with your vehicle.

 

 

Battery Warning Light

 

This light looks like a picture of a battery. It can indicate that the voltage level is below the normal level. This results in the vehicle’s charging system not functioning properly. Make sure that the battery is inspected. This also should include the terminals of the battery, alternator belt, and overall condition of it as well.

 

 

Brake Warning Light

 

When the brake warning light comes on, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the braking system. Check to make sure the parking brake is not on. The light could also mean the brake fluid is low. An ABS issue could also be the reason the light is illuminating.

 

 

Coolant Warning Light

 

This light helps to indicate the level of coolant currently in the vehicle. It can also mean that the temperature has exceeded the normal limits. Check the coolant level, radiator cap, and for any sign of a leak if you see this come on. Always make sure to have the vehicle off for several minutes before removing the radiator cap.

 

 

Inspect the Tires of your Car

 

The tires are an important part of your vehicle. They are also the only part that makes direct contact to the surface of the road when you drive and travel. If you notice that your vehicle handles poorly, you will want to bring it in as soon as possible. This allows us to look at the vehicle for the issue. Also be aware for any odd noises or sounds that the vehicle makes, especially when you drive. Depending what you are doing, can determine what the issue might be with the vehicle as well. Do not ignore the problem because it will not go away on its own. This will only get worse, and result in further damage and repair bills as well.

Inspect Each Tire

Each tire should be inspected to ensure it is in the best condition. They will be inspected to make sure that the air pressure is at the correct amount and that they are properly inflated. A tire that loses air often, will have a greater chance of becoming permanently damaged in the long run as well. The tread wear can also be inspected to show that the tread is at the correct amount. When the tires have worn down, the tread will also be extremely low. Sometimes there will be uneven wear with the tread. By rotating the tires, you can help the tread to wear more evenly.

Alignment of the Tires

The tires should also be inspected for their alignment. Proper alignment will help them to rotate and work with each other easily. This will also help to improve your fuel mileage as well. The tires should always be fully inspected for any damage. If they have worn down and are no longer at their best, consider purchasing new ones. This can help you to have better control of your vehicle and handle the road better as well.

Hot Temperatures Can Cause Issues for your Vehicle

 

The temperatures that summer brings can greatly affect your vehicle. When the air temperature becomes hot, the roads you drive on can become worse. This can mean the roads are anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees hotter than the actual air temperature. As you drive, the tires are in constant contact with these extremely hot temperatures. You will want to make sure to check the tires on a regular basis throughout the year. Also remember to do so before you take a long trip on vacation. This will help to ensure that the tires are in the most ideal condition to drive on. Check the air pressure so they are at the preferred amount.

You should also know that the heat would do more damage to the battery of a vehicle than cold temperatures will. If you notice that the vehicle is getting difficult to start, it could mean the battery is starting to fail. Sometimes this can be from the alternator and starter as well. As the temperatures start to increase, make sure that you have the battery of the vehicle inspected. You will want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the summer heat.

 

Also remember to check the fluids in your vehicle. The oil is important for the overall condition of your engine to operate. It will lubricate the moving parts so there is less wear and tear to it when the vehicle runs. If the oil level is low, then there is a great risk that the engine will start to fail, and could seize up. When this happens, it can result in a costly repair bill. Checking the oil can be done quick and easily so that you are certain there is enough in the reservoir when you need to drive. If you notice the oil light turn on, make sure that you add oil. When you notice yourself adding oil often, bring it in for an inspection.

Noticing the Dashboard Warning Lights

 

Having a dashboard light illuminate can startle you if you are not sure what it means. If a light comes on, schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. A light that is blinking is an immediate cause for concern. Make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so, and turn off your vehicle. If the light turns on, you will not want to ignore it, as this can cause more damage and issues in the long run.

 

If you see the temperature warning light com on, it can indicate that the vehicle is overheating. If this happens, it is best to pull over and let your vehicle cool down. When a vehicle overheats and nothing is done, damage can occur to the engine. If you see the light blink it is an immediate warning that the car should be turned off until it has a chance to cool down. A vehicle that overheats often may mean that a sensor or another component is bad. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If the sensor is bad, it will give a false reading for if the vehicle is overheating or not. Also look for any steam or smoke you might see coming out of the hood of the car.

 

The brake warning light is another one that could illuminate. This can indicate that the handbrake is on. It may also mean that the brake fluid is low. You will want to check the brake fluid to ensure it is at the proper amount and ideal condition. If the fluid is at the correct level, and the light is still on, make sure to call for an appointment. We will look at the brake system and the vehicle to determine what the light is on for. Never ignore the warning lights, because they do illuminate for a reason.