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July 4, 2014

Proper Maintenance for your Vehicle During the Summer

Keep Tires Inflated Properly

As the summer weather continues to get hotter each day, maintaining a vehicle becomes more important. Regular upkeep helps to prevent the inconvenience of having no vehicle while avoiding expensive repairs. Summer is a busy time for families with frequent long-distance trips that can give a vehicle a workout. One of the quickest maintenance tips anyone can learn is how to check the air pressure of a vehicle’s tires every two weeks. With the price of tires and fuel steadily increasing, proper inflation can avoid flat and blowout incidents while on the road.

Inspect Filters, Belts and Hoses

Buying and replacing the air filter in a vehicle every six months only takes a few minutes but helps to prevent overheating while saving fuel. While experts suggest changing a filter twice a year, it never hurts to inspect the one in a vehicle to determine if it requires more frequent replacement. Driving on roads with gravel and debris can lead to an air filter that is filthy, making a vehicle inefficient. Vehicle owners should take a good look at hoses and belts at the same time as this inspection. Loose or worn hoses and belts are simple for a mechanic to replace to help drivers avoid a breakdown on a highway.

Check Fluid Levels

Air-conditioning is a wonderful convenience that makes traveling in a vehicle enjoyable in hot summer weather. A vehicle’s air conditioner typically runs out of coolant every three years in most geographic zones. Drivers living in hot year-round climates may need to have refrigerant added more often after a knowledgeable technician checks the system for leaks. Get in the habit of checking a vehicle’s coolant level at least once a month to add an equal mixture of water and antifreeze. While the hood is up on a vehicle, verify that the other fluids such as brake, power steering and transmission are at the correct level to protect components.

Change the Oil

Oil changes every three months or 3,000 miles can extend the life span of a vehicle. It is important to check a vehicle’s manual to determine how often the filter and oil require changing. Checking the dipstick is a quick task that allows drivers to add the correct type of oil to an engine. Many drivers neglect having a complete oil change in the summer, but this vehicle maintenance is an important way to prevent it from overheating in hot temperatures. Drivers can choose to change the oil filter and fluids on their own or take it to a mechanic.

Keep it Clean

The interior and exterior of a vehicle collects a lot of grime and debris, but summer is the perfect time to clean it. Begin on the inside by vacuuming the floors and seats while removing trash leftover from the winter months. Check the knobs and handles on the dashboard and doors to make sure the devices are in proper condition. Washing the exterior of the vehicle, including the underside can remove a buildup of debris such as road salt. This is a good time to check the windshield wiper blades for wear and tear to replace the items before the next summer rainstorm.

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