For your car, summer is undoubtedly the toughest season in Texas. It’s not just because of the heat. More people travel in the summer than any other season, and more mileage leads to a higher risk of incident. According to AAA, nearly 10 million stranded motorists may need emergency assistance as more and more Americans hit the road. One way to avoid being part of that number is to ensure your car’s essential summer maintenance has been taken care of. Here’s what you should prioritize.
Inspect tire wear and pressure
Your tires are the only part of your car that make contact with the road, making them one of the most critical components whether you look at safety, performance, or even efficiency. Make sure none of your tires are excessively worn and bring their internal pressure up to the manufacturer’s recommended specs.
Top up fluids
Your car’s six essential fluids are the engine oil, radiator fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and windshield fluid. These should be checked and topped up regularly, especially engine oil. In the summer, engine oil and radiator fluid play a large role in preventing overheating.
Have the A/C system checked
A/C systems are made up of various complex parts that require specialized training and tools to maintain. The more often you maintain it, the less it experiences wear-and-tear, particularly in a hot state like Texas that demands regular A/C use. Get it A/C checked at least once per summer to ensure you don’t run out of cooling power when you need it most.
Check belts and hoses
Having a belt or hose fail during a road trip can leave you with a major repair bill, not to mention stranded without a car. It can be difficult to spot signs of wear on modern drive belts so it’s best to have your vehicle inspected by a qualified technician.
For all of your maintenance and repair needs, schedule a service appointment at Tipton Auto in Brownsville, Texas. Our expert techs will ensure your ride is ready for a hot summer!