Summer is upon us, so now is the time to have your car thoroughly serviced before you hit the road with your friends or family.
A certified car repair shop will be able to give your car a thorough tune-up that should include all of the following items:
First and foremost, change the oil and filter. This is quite literally the lifeblood of your vehicle and it should be changed every 3,000-6,000 miles depending on the type of car and oil. Cars that use synthetic oil can wait 5,000-7,500 miles, for example. Your car’s manual will tell you the guidelines for your specific car make and model.
Check other fluids, like coolant and windshield wiper fluid. There is nothing worse than seeing a yellow or red “idiot” light come on when you’re driving to indicate that your coolant or windshield wiper fluid are low. Save yourself the anxiety and have them filled early in the season. Coolant is essential to keeping your engine cool, so it’s critical to keep an eye on this.
Check the battery. Summer can actually be just as hard on a battery as winter. Check the air conditioning system to ensure that this critical summer system is functioning optimally. This is a good time to change your cabin air filter, too.
Look at belts and hoses to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leakage, which can be worsened by heat and humidity. Check the brakes as well.
Replace your wiper blades if they need it so you have good visibility in sudden rain showers.
Inspect the tires for wear. Poor tires place you in danger on slick surfaces, but they also can lead to poor gas mileage.