Before the summer heat becomes regular, make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. By having your vehicle inspected on a regular basis, you can help prevent further damage from occurring. Anytime there is an odd noise or sound, it is important to schedule an appointment with us.
Summer means that the hot temperatures will be arriving. It is recommended to inspect the air conditioning system on your vehicle as soon as possible. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner’s manual for location and replacement interval.
One of the most common causes of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual. Check it more often if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer. If you notice that you have to replace the oil frequently, make an appointment so we can check it for you.
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solution. If the wipers leave a streak when clearing the windshield, have them replaced. Noticing any noises they make can also be a sign they are showing their age and will need to be replaced before summer.
Inspect all lights and bulbs. Replace burned out bulbs. Also periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check the tire pressure once a month. Also check them while they’re cold before driving for any distance. Don’t forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping. Check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there’s uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.