With summer just around the corner it’s a great time to get your car ready for the heat, and the fun of summer vacations and family trips. It’s important to make your car maintenance a top priority. Neglecting car maintenance during higher temperatures and road trips during summer months can lead to horrible consequences that could spoil your vacation or lead to physical harm. Check out our 7 tips for summer car maintenance to ensure you’re getting the top performance from your ride during the warmer months.
In Texas, air conditioning is a necessity and it’s smart to keep it functioning at peak performance. AC systems should be inspected annually, preferably before the summer heat vamps up. As soon as you notice your AC system isn’t cooling effectively bring it in so our trained mechanics can troubleshoot it and get your car feeling nice and cool again.
Brakes are one of the most important parts on your car, and one of the last things you would want to fail on trip this summer. You should have your brakes inspected every 6,000-10,000 miles, and inspected at the first sign of failure to avoid accidents and possibly higher repair bills. If your brakes are making noise, your car is pulling to one side, the brake pedal can go to the floor, or your car skids when braking, bring your car in to any Express Lube Plus for a brake inspection. Our service technicians can get you back on the road in no time.
Check your tire condition and replace tires that have the tread worn off. Check your spare tire and if you don’t have a spare, have an alternate solution such as an inflator kit or emergency sealant. In our last blog we talked about the importance keeping your tires properly inflated. Not only does this improve fuel efficiency, but it also ensures that your car can perform evasive maneuvers to get you out of harm’s way. If you are not sure how to check your tires for wear and tear, or check the air pressure, ask a member of our team to help you, our first priority is your safety.
Windshield Wipers are an extremely simple device, but extremely valuable during rainstorms. Inspect your wipers and make sure they are in good working condition and clean your windows of bugs, leaves and other debris that may obstruct your vision. You should replace your windshield wipers every 6 to 12 months depending on their exposure. Additionally, check your washer-fluid reservoir to ensure it’s full on a monthly basis. Before hitting the leaving on a road trip test the washer spray nozzles for proper operation. If you need new wipers or your washer fluid is low, our technicians can take care of that during one of your routine visits.
Test your battery’s voltage to assess its remaining life, if you have problems starting your vehicle. Get your battery tested before a long road trip to determine if it needs replacing. Most car batteries have a three to five year lifespan, depending on your driving habits and climate. Check your car’s battery cables to make sure they are firmly attached to the terminals. Clean your terminals immediately if you see any signs of corrosion. Cleaning your battery thoroughly requires disconnecting the cables to clean the hidden areas where contact is made with the terminals. If you ask one of our team members, they will be happy to take care of this for you.
The coolant system, not to be mistaken for the air conditioning system, should not be overlooked. Its health of this system is imperative to how well the car functions in the summer. This includes the condition of the radiator, water pump, belts, hoses, and health of the antifreeze. Coolant is vital to ensure peak performance of your engine, and it helps maintain engine temperature to prevent overheating in the hot Texas summer. Our technicians will check the coolant anytime you come in for an oil change at any of our locations.
Motor oil is essential to the life of your car. It keeps the hardworking parts of the engine running efficiently and smoothly. We recommend you change your oil every 3,000 miles, or 3 months, whichever comes first. How often you need to change your oil depends on how much abuse your car endures, and most of us do a lot of heavy driving during the summer when the engine is more likely to overheat. To be on the safe side, change or check your oil before you head out on that family vacation. Be sure to check out our oil change coupons for savings on your next maintenance service.
Following our 7 tips for summer car maintenance will ensure you have a car in good condition and a safe summer vacation or road trip. Don’t forget that Express Lube is here for you. We have 29 convenient locations in the San Antonio area.