8 Tips for Optimum Summer Car Care, Part 2

Hi Everyone! While it’s almost August (can you believe it?!), there’s still quite a bit of summer left to get out and have some fun! Here’s part 2 of our Optimum Summer Car Care Tips…

Summer-ize Your Car

When it’s hot out, it’s especially important to ensure all fluids (transmission, brake, power steering, differential, coolant) are at appropriate levels and aren’t leaking. If your car has been parked and has gone unused for any long period of time, you may need to recharge or replace your battery as well as change your oil.

You can typically check coolant, windshield wiper fluid, and motor oil on your own. To check coolant, look at the coolant reservoir under your hood. Your coolant should be between the minimum and maximum levels. DO NOT open the coolant tank lid when the engine is still hot. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will prevent corrosion and deposits.

Finally, it’s also good to clean the undercarriage of your vehicle. Caked-on salt and other dirt and grime can corrode metal, and make your engine and transmission run hotter because it’s harder for the heat to escape the bottom of the car.

Check Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter is an inexpensive way to maximize fuel efficiency. Because Moriarty frequently gets dusty, air filters can get clogged quickly and may need to be changed more than the recommended service schedule of every 12,000 miles.

How do you know if your air filter needs to be replaced? Just take it out for a quick inspection. If it looks grimy, then it has to go.

Keep Your Battery Fresh

Just like us, batteries have a tendency to overheat in the summer. When temperatures run too hot, chemical reactions speed up, overcharging the battery. This shortens the battery’s lifespan.

Keep your battery running smoothly by detaching the battery cables and wiping off terminals. Then, resecure all connections.

Prepare an Emergency Kit!

Breakdowns happen to the best of us. Stay safe and maintain composure with an emergency kit that includes:

  • 2 square quarts of oil
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire jack and tire iron
  • Disposable camera
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Blanket and towel

We’ll have our August / Early Fall Newsletter out in a couple weeks – Make sure to check it out! We have some great articles on the New Mexico trucking industry, mud bogging, and turbochargers. Maybe we should call it our Power Issue 😉

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~ by 2ndtononeservice on July 22, 2014.

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