How to prep your car for summer driving

Getting your car ready for the summer is a lot easier and less expensive than it used to be. There are a few basic steps that can help you enjoy the rest of the summer driving season.

Check tires regularly. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a month, a regular check will not only improve your fuel economy, but it also ensures that your car will handle optimally in any emergency maneuvers. A neat trick is doing a “penny test”. If you can see all of Abraham Lincoln’s head, take the car to a tire service center to have your tires checked up.

Check cooling and air conditioning systems. One of the most common breakdowns we typically find are any related coolant problems and engines overheating. The cooling system tends to break down due to poor air flow around the radiator. So, before the summer driving season starts, clean out any leaves, pine needles or other debris that may have been collected in the radiator and the air conditioning condenser.

Replacing a radiator cap that is more than five years old can really save your time and money. When a radiator cap is exposed to heat, its internal rubber gasket can end up cracked, deformed, damaged or simply hardened, and the cap’s metal spring also weakens over time.
Changing oil. Be sure to check to check your oil level and add fresh oil whenever necessary. Failure to do so can lead to certain areas of your engine to overheat and break down.

Lighting and visibility. Check your headlights to make sure that everything is in function and there are no wiring problems. Most electrical issues are either worn down or not properly maintained. Lastly, clean the windows and replace old wipers. They are inexpensive but easily neglected.

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it is better to leave it the pros, especially if you are planning to take your car to a long drive. The last thing you need to ruin your trip is car breaking down on you because of lack of preparation. For more information about our services, please feel free to reach out to us at 978 388-1288

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