Even if you did not maintain your vehicle properly during the mild winter and early spring summer’s hot temperatures and dusty conditions can be hard on cars, and particularly during those much-awaited vacation road trips. You surely do not want to get stranded on the steamy roadside with your overheated kids in tow. The key to getting your vehicle ready for summertime driving is preventing mechanical breakdowns in advance. Before heading out on your next road trip, use these summer driving car maintenance tips from the experts.
Check Your Tires
Every 10-degree F rise in air temperature increases tire pressure by one PSI. Improperly inflated tires can overheat on long trips and cause blowouts. Check your tire pressure at least weekly and rotate your tires every 5,000 miles.
Check the Brakes
Brakes could see a good deal of wear over the winter and spring months, when traffic is much more stop-and-go than it is in the summer. Make sure to have your brakes inspected.
Test the A/C
Since you probably don’t use the A/C much during the winter or spring, test out your AC and make sure it’s working properly before the weather gets too warm. If you hear strange noises, smell odors or suspect the air coming out of your vents is warmer than it should be, have the system inspected by a professional.
Your battery has fluid in it, and like any other fluid it can dry up in the sweltering heat. Also look for any signs of corrosion around the posts. Make sure your battery is at peak performance before the summer or think about replacing it.
Check Radiator Coolant
Check your coolant’s level and appearance in the overflow reservoir. Make sure it’s clear and not cloudy, and if you need to top it off use a 50/50 mixture as specified for your vehicle’s make and model. The coolant should be flushed and replaced every 5 years or 100,000 miles.
Check the Engine Oil
Check the engine oil level and top it off with the specified summer grade as indicated in your owner’s manual. Remember to change the oil every 3500 miles (conventional oil) or 5000 miles (synthetic). Keep in mind that oil filters can also clog up faster during dusty summertime conditions.
Belts, Clamps and Hoses
Check your engine’s drive belts, clamps and hoses. If anything looks worn or frayed, take it to your trusted mechanic and have them check things out.
Test all lights and replace burned out bulbs. Clean dirt and bugs from the lenses using a soft rag and glass cleaner.
Inspect your windshield wipers and replace them if your old blades are leaving streaks behind when in use. While at it, remember to check and top off your wiper fluid.
Wash and Wax
A good wash and wax will protect your car’s topcoat and paint job from damaging effects of the sun and road debris and will keep dirt and dust from scratching up your car.
Stock an emergency kit in case of an accident or medical issue. Include things like a flashlight, blanket, basic tools, first-aid kit and rags
If you are driving with kids, make sure you pack enough snacks, water, games, music, and videos to keep them comfortable and occupied during the trip
At Angel’s Transmission and Auto Repair we can provide you with everything you need, from diagnostic to repairs to scheduled or preventative maintenance such as fluid and filter services. Our expert technicians provide the skilled labor and quality parts you need to keep your car running at its best. Our top priority is to provide you with high-quality service every time we work on your vehicle. To help keep you safe while you drive, and to keep you from overspending in the future. Your complete satisfaction will always be our main concern.
Angel’s Transmission and Auto Repair has been serving clients in Mission Viejo and nearby communities for three decades. Our technicians are continuously training to stay updated on the latest information and technology. The skilled and certified technicians average 20 years of experience in the Automotive Repair Industry.
Call us today at (949) 587-9060 for an appointment or fill out our contact form and let us help you with transmission repair services or general auto repair.