In the sweltering summer temperatures, it can be easy to neglect vehicle maintenance. Who wants to spend time check fluids and pressure levels when a weekend getaway is beckoning? However, regular maintenance can mean the difference between a carefree road trip and a frustrating roadside breakdown. Here are some tips for getting your car ready to brave a Texan summer.
Stay Cool with A/C Maintenance
Does your car’s air conditioning feel lukewarm? You may need to have the coolant recharged. And if your vehicle’s A/C has a foul, funky smell, bring it in for a checkup — there may be mold or a clog in the system.
Fill up on Fluids
Especially during the dog days of summer, coolant is critical for keeping your car’s engine healthy. Without it, your vehicle’s engine could easily overheat — especially during strenuous activity, like towing a trailer or off-roading. Never check the coolant level while the engine is hot because you could get scalded by hot coolant. It’s also a good idea to check and top off the motor oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and transmission fluid to keep your vehicle safe from breakdowns.
Check the Tires
If your car’s tires are under-inflated, it’s easier for them to overheat and explode while you’re speeding down the highway. Don’t let your summer road tip get delayed by a blowout — check your vehicle’s tire pressure once a month while the tires are cold.
Need help taking care of summer vehicle maintenance? Schedule a service visit at West Point Lincoln in Houston, Texas.