Both Summer and Winter have their own set of issues and concerns for your car’s maintenance. Extreme temperatures in either direction can cause havoc on you car.
TIPS FOR GETETING YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR SUMMER AND WINTER WEATHER
- Always check your owner’s manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil filter changed regularly, approximately every 3,000 to 3,500 miles. Especially if you are planning on traveling by car.
- Have all fluids checked, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze. These fluids play a large role in the safety and performance of your car.
- Check tire inflation. Tire pressure can change from cold to warm temperatures and warm to cold. This is important to help maintain good traction. In addition, under-inflated tires can result in a loss of fuel efficiency. This is the least expensive form of preventative and safety maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month.
- Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.
- Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of your vehicle’s suspension system.
- Check battery cables and posts for corrosion and clean them as needed. The battery fluid also should be checked and filled if it is low. Summer heat & Winter’s cold can wreak havoc on older batteries. The average life of a battery is approximately 3 to 4 years. If yours is getting close to that age, it’s probably time to get a new one.
- Have the lighting system checked frequently, including headlights, turn signals, and brake and taillights. When visibility is low you want to make sure drivers can see you.
- Check windshield washer blades for cracks and tears and windshield contact. Replace them at least once a year or sooner if streaking begins. You’ll be glad you did next storm.
- Check your heating, defrost and air conditioner.
- Inspect engine belts regularly. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
- Have the air filtration system checked frequently for clogging or any damage. The system ensures that your vehicle is performing at its peak condition.
- Brakes: Replace worn pads and have your brakes professionally inspected to help ensure immediate response in slippery situations.
KEEPING UP-TO-DATE ON SERVICING YOUR CAR KEEPS IT RUNNING EFFICIENTLY – EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR CAR, WHILE HELPING YOU SAVE MONEY ON GAS.
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Bob Wilson Gulf